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  1. croupier

    5,447 Posts.

    October 15,
    The preferred method of execution for women in the olden days was the extremely torturous method of being burned at the stake. This method was supposedly suitable for women because the sentence could be carried out with them keeping all their clothes on. Also, being tied to the stake kept them from jumping around in an unseemly, unladylike manner. This philosophy was best stated by legal commentator William Blackstone: "As decency due to the sex forbids the exposing and publicly mangling of their bodies, their sentence is... to be burned alive." Women were burned until 1789.

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