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Dismemberment is the act of cutting, tearing, pulling, wrenching or otherwise removing, the limbs of a living thing. It can be a form of capital punishment, an accident, or possibly a murder or suicide. As opposed to surgical amputation of the limbs, dismemberment is often fatal. A limb (from the Old English lim) is a jointed appendage of the human or animal body; a large or main branch of a tree; a representative, branch or member of a group or organization. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... A railing accidentally collapses at a college football game, spilling fans onto the sidelines An accident is something going wrong unexpectedly. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... Surgery Surgery is the medical specialty that treats diseases or injuries by operative manual and instrumental treatment. ... Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ...


Dismemberment was carried out in modern times by tying a person's limbs to a chain or other constraint, whereby attaching the restraint to two separate movable entities (eg. a vehicle) and moving them in the opposite directions. Also referred to as "disruption" or being "drawn and quartered", it could be brought about by chaining four horses to the victim's arms and legs, thus making them pull him apart, as was the case with the execution of Robert-Fran├žois Damiens and Fran├žois Ravaillac in 1610. Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia, executed in 613 is generally regarded as having suffered the same death, though she was tied to the tail of a single horse. In 1998, three men from Texas dismembered James Byrd, Jr. by chaining him to their pickup truck and dragging him for miles. Seventeenth century print of the execution, by hanging, drawing and quartering, of the members of the Gunpowder plot. ... Robert-François Damiens Robert-François Damiens (1715-1757) was a Frenchman who attained notoriety by unsuccessfully attempting the assassination of Louis XV of France in 1757. ... François Ravaillac François Ravaillac (1578 – May 27, 1610) was the killer of Henry IV of France. ... // Events January 7 - Galileo Galilei discovers the Galilean moons of Jupiter. ... Brunhilda (in German) or Brunehaut (in French) (534-613) was a Frankish queen who ruled the East Frankish kingdoms of Austrasia and Burgundy in the names of her sons and grandsons. ... Events Clotaire II reunites the Frankish kingdoms by ordering the murder of Sigebert II. Saint Columbanus founds the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... James Byrd, Jr. ... Mazda compact Pickup truck with extended cabin and homebuilt lumber rack. ...


A famous device used for dismemberment is the rack, upon which the victim is chained down by the wrists and ankles, on a large bed-like frame, and a wheel is subsequently turned, winding in the chains and causing an immense stretching. Dismemberment is not known to be used by any modern governments as a form of torture or capital punishment. A torture rack in the Tower of London The rack is a term for certain physical punishment devices. ... For other uses, see Torture (disambiguation). ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ...


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Dismemberment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (287 words)
As opposed to surgical amputation of the limbs, dismemberment is often fatal.
A famous device used for dismemberment is the rack, upon which the victim is chained down by the wrists and ankles, on a large bed-like frame, and a wheel is subsequently turned, winding in the chains and causing an immense stretching.
Dismemberment is not known to be used by any modern governments as a form of torture or capital punishment.
Dismemberment and Community (7824 words)
The rejection of Saul's kingship and the anointing of a new king is punctuated by the dismemberment of a foreign king.
With this dismemberment of the possibly still-living body, everyone in the story is made complicit in the rape and murder of Beth; the men of Gibeah are guilty; the man of the house in Gibeah is guilty; the Levite is guilty.
The dismemberment motif that is the source of horror in Judges 19 first appears in 1 Samuel in a kind of comic scene: the mock battle between Yahweh (whose Ark of the Covenant has been captured by the Philistines) and Dagon, the Philistine fish-god.
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