Originally Posted by Cancer_Researcher
Then explain the ALMOST non-existence theft rate in SA (hands chopped off IN PUBLIC) and the ALMOST non-existence murder rate (compared to our country). Public punishment IS INDEED THE MOST POWERFUL DETERRENT.
Well, we could bring back impalement on a stake, just like Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), the ruler of Valachia in the 15th century. He was supposedly obsessed with honesty and punished theft by impalement. He had a large solid gold cup placed on top of a public fountain and it remained there for years. Nobody dared steal it, because they all knew what the punishment would be. And yes, it was a public execution in every case.
Or maybe just good old fashioned beheading with an axe, then quartering the rest of the body and nailing each part to a post in a different city location for a warning to others? And use a poorly balanced axe, just like the old English execution axe, so that a clumsy executioner would need more than one stroke to sever the head.
In case you did not know, in 1935 two women, Benita von Falkenhayn and Renate von Natzmer were beheaded with an axe by the executioner Karl Gropler in the Plotzensee prison in Berlin, for treason. Amazing that Germans, the makers of our fine cars, would carry out judicial axe beheadings in the 20th century. These were not public though.
And the French used the guillotine for a judicial execution in 1977 for the last time!!!!!!!! The last public execution by guillotine in France was that of Eugene Weidmann in 1937. It was recorded on film and you can find a clip of the real execution on Youtube.