Death by Elephant

by MSO

An elephant weighs 16,500 pounds and has a foot circumference of almost five feet.

When thinking about methods of capital punishment, the electric chair or the guillotine may come to mind. But did you know that execution by elephant was a common method used in Asia for thousands of years?

The elephant was used to crush, dismember, and torture captives in public executions. They were trained killers, able to kill victims immediately by crushing their skulls, or torture them over a prolonged period.

This sight horrified European travelers, and was recorded in numerous contemporary journals and account of life in Asia.The earliest records of such executions date back to the classical period, but by that time was already well established.

The practice was eventually suppressed by the European empires that colonized the region in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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