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London, England, the month of May 1536.

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of the blood-thirsty
King Henry VIII, has been accused of adultery,

incest, and treason.

The accusations were no doubt made up so Henry
could be done with her and remarry, but justice

in those days was in short supply.

In prison, Anne is at times hysterical, but
sometimes calm, waiting for the word.

Will she lose her head, or be burned at the

Her friend and ally, Archbishop Thomas Cramner,
informs her that it will be the former, the

lesser of two evils.

May 19, 8.00 am, dressed in a dark grey robe
of damask and covered by a mantle of white

ermine fur, she is led to the scaffold.

“I take my leave of the world and of you
all, and I heartily desire you all to pray

for me,” she says at the end of a moving

She is blindfolded.

She waits, kneeling, facing the floor.

Her head is severed from her body by a swift
blow of a Frenchman’s sword.

Did she die in an instant, or for a few seconds
did she remain conscious?

Did she make a face and try to speak, after
her head was no longer attached to her body?

That’s what some witnesses said.

Could it be possible?

Today we’re going to talk about all kinds
of forms of decapitation, but we’ll start

with the express version, such as the way
that 35-36-year old Boleyn went.

Ok, so we need to tell you about Mike, aka
Miracle Mike.

He lost his head in the USA in 1945 and he
lived for another 18 months…

Mike was a chicken, a chicken whose brain
stem remained intact and whose blood clotted

after his beheading.

He survived due to the position of the brain
in a chicken’s head and the fact his executor

sliced his head at a certain angle.

Because of that remaining brain, he could
control his movements, and his breathing and

heartbeat were regulated.

This could never, ever, happen to a human,
but we thought we’d tell you about the animal,

on record, that has survived the longest after
being decapitated.

In view of today’s show, we might ask how
long a human is conscious after the act.

Has a head ever fallen into a basket or landed
on a scaffold and looked up at the blue sky

and thought, “Damn, I won’t see that again.”

It’s hard to say of course, because it’s
not as if scientists are presently doing decapitation

tests on humans.

They have, however, tested on rats in labs.

They’ve cut off rodents’ heads and then
measured the electrical activity in their


It turns out that the rats might think for
a few seconds while their head is not connected

to their body.

In one study, the brain signals were lost
after 17 seconds, although the researchers

said consciousness was gone around the four
second mark.

They also noticed something else.

That was one last surge of activity after
about a minute.

They called this the “wave of death.”

It’s generally thought that brain activity
also may last three to four seconds after

a human is decapitated, but there have been
instances when people have reported that the

headless person seemed alive for longer.

Take the case of a French man who was a convicted
murderer and guillotined in 1905.

This is what a doctor wrote:
“I was able to note immediately after the

decapitation: the eyelids and lips of the
guillotined man worked in irregularly rhythmic

contractions for about five or six seconds
… I waited for several seconds.

The spasmodic movements ceased.

The face relaxed, the lids half closed on
the eyeballs.”

The doctor, shocked, shouted the man’s name,
“Languille!”, only to see his eyelids

open once again and look right at him for
a few seconds.

The question is, was that the wave of death?

There are other reports of so-called “lucid

One involved a car crash in the US that happened
in 1989.

An Army veteran saw his friend die, and not
only that, his buddy had been decapitated.

He later remarked, “My friend’s head came
to rest face up, and (from my angle) upside-down.

As I watched, his mouth opened and closed
no less than two times.

The facial expressions he displayed were first
of shock or confusion, followed by terror

or grief.”

If this is true.

If humans can think after they lose their
head, then being decapitated has to be one

of the weirdest ways to die.

Being beheaded by an executioner at the top
of his game, someone with the right tools,

may not actually be the worst way to die.

But the fact is, beheading can be a very messy

We might take for instance the execution of
Mary Queen of Scots on February 7, 1587.

She was taken to the scaffold, and while knelt
down, the executioner asked for her forgiveness

for what he was about to do.

She said to him, “I forgive you with all
my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make

an end of all my troubles.”

He did, but his form was off that day.

After she uttered her final words, “Into
thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”,

he struck with his axe.

He missed his mark – her slender neck – and
instead hit her in the head.

She was certainly not dead since she moaned
in pain.

The second blow was on target and killed her,
except bits of stubborn sinew hung on and

he had to cut through that.

Finally, he grabbed her head, held it aloft,
and shouted to the crowd, “God save the


To make the spectacle even worse, the beautiful
auburn hair he was holding turned out to be

a wig, and Mary’s head fell with an unceremonious
plop to the floor.

Her head, adorned only with short grey hair,
rolled onto the ground in front of shocked


One of them swore that he saw her lips move.

We don’t know exactly how long she lasted
after that first wayward blow, but you can

understand that being beheaded by a bad executioner
was a pretty unpleasant experience.

It gets worse, a lot worse.

It would be an understatement to say that
the beheading of Margaret Pole, the Countess

of Salisbury, was a bit of a botch job.

Margaret was accused of being a traitor and
was locked up in the Tower of London by the

prolific lady killer Henry VIII.

She denied she’d done anything wrong and
even scribbled a poem on her cell wall.

It started, “For traitors on the block should

I am no traitor, no, not I!”

The poem fell on deaf ears and off to the
chopping block she went.

He hacked and hacked at her neck, missing
most times, sometimes hitting her back and

sometimes her head.

It’s said it took eleven blows to finish
her off.

One witness later said that the person with
the axe was “a wretched and blundering youth

who literally hacked her head and shoulders
to pieces in the most pitiful manner.”

Maybe it was hard to get the staff in those
days, maybe he was an intern, or maybe Margaret

just made his job difficult.

Another account says that she refused to lay
her head in the block and that she moved around

during the blows while telling the executioner
to do his best in the circumstances.

It states, “She ran about the scaffold;
and the executioner followed her with his

axe, aiming many fruitless blows at her neck
before he was able to give the fatal stroke.”

In any case, it was a brutal death.

Beheading shouldn’t have lasted too long
if the executioner’s tool was sharp and

he had a good aim.

The tools back then were usually a heavy sword,
but bearded axes were also at times the weapon

of choice.

As you’ve now heard, not all beheadings
went as planned.

This is why new technologies were created.

We tend to think that the French invented
the guillotine in the 18th century, but very

similar devices were around for a long time
before that.

The Halifax Gibbet, named after a town in
northern England, was used the last time in


On that occasion, one man had stolen some
cloth and another man had stolen two horses.

Harsh, but such were the times.

The Halifax Gibbet worked in a similar way
to the guillotine, in that a heavy axe was

fastened to a wooden block and raised in the
air by rope.

When the rope was cut, the block and the blade
would fall down and decapitate the prisoner.

That block was so heavy that one witness once
wrote that it could have decapitated a bull.

It was certainly better than the axe, and
a lot better than a knife.

But we’ll get to that later.

First let’s talk about someone named Joseph-Ignace

He didn’t invent the guillotine and was
even against the death sentence.

What he did do is call for a more humane form
of executing a person than chopping off their

head with a sword or axe or breaking them
on the wheel.

He wanted executions to be painless, once
remarking about a machine that would, “cut

off your head in the twinkling of an eye,
and you never feel it!”

Indeed, the machine invented that would get
a lot of use in France had a blade and connecting

weight that weighed around 176 pounds (80

This fell from a height of 14 feet (4.3 meters)
and the person it fell on had his head secured

by a round frame called a “lunette.”

It was so good at what it did that it was
hailed as the execution that never fails.

Only a century or so earlier, executions were
supposed to be a long, drawn out spectacle

that crowds could enjoy.

People were slowly broken or wheels or they
were pulled limb from limb by horses, and

they were supposed to suffer unimaginable

The guillotine, or the “national razor’
as it would be called during the French Revolution,

was reliable, fast and more humane.

Believe it or not, in the 21st century there
have been people that have called for the

introduction of the guillotine in the U.S.
Jay Chapman, who created the three-drug protocol

in 1977 that is now used for lethal injection,
said in 2007 that the guillotine was the simplest

form of execution.

He said, “I’m not at all opposed to bringing
it back.

The person’s head is cut off and that’s
the end of it.”

Before that, in 1996, a Georgia state legislator
named Doug Tepe tried to bring the guillotine

back but to no avail.

So, if you’re ever in the unenviable position
of having to choose between methods of decapitation,

it seems the guillotine would be the way to

There’s not much chance of that, though,
since it was last used in France in 1977 and

has never been used again anywhere else.

This now brings us to the very worst form
of decapitation, that of being decapitated

by a knife.

This much slower and way more painful process
happened in Spain centuries ago and was thought

to be a more noble way to die than having
your throat slit.

Today such a gruesome act would not be carried
out legally as a form of capital punishment

– although people can still be decapitated
by sword under the law in the country of Saudi


If it happens these days – and it has – the
criminals doing the act are usually insurgents

in the Middle East and Asia, members of organized
crime, or certifiably insane people that have

lost their minds and attacked innocent folks.

A few years back it happened to a woman in
Mexico, with her executioner announcing, “Well,

gentleman, this is what happens to all those
in the Gulf Cartel.

On behalf of Los Zetas.”

The fighting over drug turf in Mexico has
actually resulted in quite a lot of people

losing their heads, sometimes when they were
alive and sometimes after they were killed

another way.

The scary truth is, since the message can
be spread using social media, these groups

at times have used decapitation to induce
fear in their opponents or the public.

It can also create terror for governments
and citizens of the world, if we’re talking

about insurgent groups.

In such grizzly murders, the decapitation
is not over when a heavy blade falls, but

it is slow and painful.

Soft tissues are first cut, but then ligaments
and bones that hold the neck together have

to be cut with much more effort.

When it happens this way, we can certainly
say it’s one of the worst ways to die.

Now you need to watch this, “Strangest Ways
People Died.”

Or, have a look at this, “What Happens When
You Die?”