Dating age death sentence
Under the reign of Henry VIII, the numbers of those put to death are estimated as high as 72,000.Boiling to death was another penalty approved in 1531, and there are records to show some people boiled for up to two hours before death took them.In 438, the Code of Theodosius made more than 80 crimes punishable by death.Britain influenced the colonies more than any other country and has a long history of punishment by death.In the 5th Century BC, the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets codified the death penalty.Again, the death penalty was different for nobility, freemen and slaves and was punishment for crimes such as the publication of libels and insulting songs, the cutting or grazing of crops planted by a farmer, the burning [of] a house or a stack of corn near a house, cheating by a patron of his client, perjury, making disturbances at night in the city, willful murder of a freeman or a parent, or theft by a slave.
In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for twenty five different crimes, although murder was not one of them.
These included stealing from a house in the amount of forty shillings, stealing from a shop the value of five shillings, robbing a rabbit warren, cutting down a tree, and counterfeiting tax stamps.
However, juries tended not to convict when the penalty was great and the crime was not. In 1823, five laws passed, exempting about a hundred crimes from the death [penalty]. In 1840, there was a failed attempt to abolish all capital punishment.
Some colonies were very strict in their use of the death penalty, while others were less so.
In Massachusetts Bay Colony the first execution was in 1630, but the earliest capital statutes do not occur until later.