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Mazzatello (abbreviated mazza) was a method of capital punishment used by the Papal States from the late 18th century to 1870.[1][2] The method was named after the implement used in the execution: a large, long-handled mallet or pole-ax.[1] According to Abbott, mazzatello constituted "one of the most brutal methods of execution ever devised, requiring minimal skill on the part of the executioner and superhuman acquiescence by the victim".[2] Megivern cites mazzatello as one example of an execution method devised by the Papal States that "competed with and in some instances surpassed those of other regimes for cruelty".[1]

The condemned would be led to a scaffold in a public square of Rome, accompanied by a priest (the confessor of the condemned[2]); the platform also contained a coffin and the masked executioner, dressed in black.[1] A prayer would first be said for the condemned's soul.[2] Then, the mallet would be raised, and swung in the air to gain momentum, and then brought down on the head of the prisoner, similar to a contemporary method of slaughtering cattle in stockyards.[1] Because this procedure could merely stun the condemned rather than killing him instantly, the throat of the prisoner would then be slit with a knife.[1][3] Most often, the condemned was merely knocked unconscious.[4]

Along with drawing and quartering (sometimes, but not always, after a hanging), mazzatello was reserved for crimes that were considered "especially loathsome".[5]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Megivern, James J. 1997. The Death Penalty. Paulist Press. ISBN 0809104873. p. 155.
  2. ^ a b c d Abbott, Geoffrey. 2007. What a Way to Go. Macmillan. ISBN 0312366566. p. 239.
  3. ^ Quigley, Christine. 1996. The Corpse. McFarland. ISBN 0786401702. p. 143.
  4. ^ Quigley, Christine. 1994. Death Dictionary: Over 5,500 Clinical, Legal, Literary, and Vernacular Terms. McFarland. ISBN 0899508693. p. 103.
  5. ^ Allen, John L., Jr. 2001, September 14. "He executed justice - papal execution Giovanni Battista Bugatti's life and work". National Catholic Reporter.
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