What happened to Troy Davis late last night brings to mind the extremes of Witchcraft trials of prior times. The trial consisted of attempted drowning or like form of near fatal attempts.
Any survivors were presumed guilty and punished by a burning of their mortal bodies which was presumed to cleanse their souls. The innocent were buried by more conventional means as their souls were free of sin. In the American colonies, the last people were hanged for witchcraft in the Northern colonies (It seemed that their souls were already cleansed in the dowsing.)
This process was no less barbaric then the death penalty is today!
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