The long drop
June 13, 2010, 1:37 am
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

Someone I know visited the Fremantle Prison and sent me the following photos:

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He disclosed to me that after seeing the noose, he changed his previously neutral opinions about the death penalty. Now, he is opposed to it.

By the way, here are some information about the long drop method that Singapore uses:

“Instead of everyone falling the same standard distance, the person’s height, weight and strength[7] were used to determine how much slack would be provided in the rope so that the distance dropped would be enough to ensure that the neck was broken but not so much that the person was decapitated.” (From wikipedia)

“The fiendish secret of the long drop method was the calculation, by exact formula, of the weight of the condemned against the depth of the drop he or she had to fall to bring around 1000 pounds of force against the cervical spine, the idea being that this would cause the odontoid process to breach the relevant section of the spinal cord producing a clean and quick death. Paralysis and unconsciousness was instant and, after one hour on the rope, the miscreant would assuredly be dead.” (From The Spin Cycle)

Is it justifiable for anyone to have to go through this when he/ she can be given a chance to repent?


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This is grotesque.

It’s the equivalent of protesting oil spill with pictures of oil-draped animals or abortion with pictures of dismembered fetuses. It gets the point across (that the consequence is grotesque) but at the same time it misses the point in its entirety (that it’s an unfortunate but necessary for of anti-narcotic deterrent).

The so-call protest or petition is getting ridiculous.

Comment by Robert

Hi Robert, I respect the fact that you have your opinions although I can’t find myself agreeing with you.

Sometimes, people need to know the facts of what they are supporting and here I am, providing it on my blog. I find nothing wrong with bringing distant and sometimes ‘invisible’ facts to people. They are facts, and I don’t think there is any distortion of facts here.

Indeed it is grotesque. However it amuse me that even though people find it so, they are still in support of it.

I would like to maintain like I always do here, that the mandatory death penalty is not the only way to curb drug trafficking.

By the way, this is my personal blog and I am posting this particular blog post in my individual capacity. This is not the work of the SADPC. It has been put under that category simply because it is related to the death penalty.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

wow…necessary for anti-narcotic deterrent? ‘necessary’?? why don’t you provide us some facts to show why death would be a necessary deterrent?

I applaud the efforts of this team of people who is trying to bring Yong’s case to public’s attention. Sometimes I think that letting the public know about the facts behind executions may make them think twice about supporting the mandatory death penalty for drug offenses. I wonder too – if the judge or the prosecutors were the ones actually putting the noose over the guy’s neck and pulling the trapdoor lever, will it also make them think twice about the death penalty?

Comment by G

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@rachelzeng:“Indeed it is grotesque. However it amuse me that even though people find it so, they are still in support of it”

You’re right. It is “grotesque”. Maybe instead of wondering why people still support it we can put our heads together and come up with something more ‘humane’… like lethal injection.

“I would like to maintain like I always do here, that the mandatory death penalty is not the only way to curb drug trafficking.”

You’re right again. When enough drug addicts die off from their abuse of drugs, the drug lords—and their mules—will no longer have a sustainable business of any use. Their ‘customer’ base will literally ‘die off’. When demand decreases, so does the need for drug traffickers. There will have to be warnings posted—similar to the “warning” pictures on cigarette packages—throughout the media showing the horrors of dead drug addicts with their many needle punctures; living in squalor; affected family members, in order to act as a deterrent to those wannabes out there getting any ideas.

This way no one has to die except for the users (who are the real criminals) and the criminals (the real victims caught in an unwitting game of ignorance) can go scott-free looking for other means of “employment”.

@G:“wow…necessary for anti-narcotic deterrent? ‘necessary’?? why don’t you provide us some facts to show why death would be a necessary deterrent?”

Sometimes a better command of the English language would convey more poignance.

Q:Is the death penalty a deterrent to crime?
A: Yes, it is. http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/Articles/Pataki.htm
Q:Does it prevent crimes from being committed?
A:No. Nothing does that as criminals will always be and crimes will be committed.
Q: So what is the death penalty good for if it doesn’t prevent criminals from committing crimes?
A: It metes out punishment for those crimes deserving of it, protects the law-abiding society, and maintains respect for the rule of law.

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