Beheading and Shock

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Commentator Steve Prothero reviews the history of the act of beheading in light of the several instances of such action against hostages in the Mideast. He says the practice is still done by the state in that part of the world, but "freelance" beheaders can still shock. He says at one time beheading was thought to be the more humane way to kill someone — better than stoning or drawing and quartering.



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