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  1. A woman was sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her child to death with antifreeze. She gave birth to a second child while in prison, who was given to foster care. But he became sick with the same symptoms, indicating a genetic metabolic disorder, not poisoning. She was later released.

  2. In 1666, the entire English village of Eyam, when contaminated with the bubonic plague, agreed to quarantine itself, essentially sentencing themselves to death, instead of fleeing to other villages. They did it to stop the disease from spreading. Some 260 villagers died.

  3. Ossip Bernstein, a famous chess grandmaster, who was sentenced to death by the Bolsheviks in 1918. While he was facing the firing squad, a russian officer that heard his name offered him the chance to prove his identity in a game of chess. He beat the officer and was released.

  4. Triboulet, jester of Francis I, saved his life thanks to his vivaciousness. After making fun of a king's mistress, he was sentenced to death and had to choose the way he would die. Sharp minded, he asked to die of old age, leaving the King voiceless his sentence was commuted to banishment.

  5. For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered.

  6. People sentenced to death by beheading were advised to give the headsman a gold coin to ensure he did not botch the beheading and cause a painful death by multiple strokes

  7. A convicted killer had his death sentence thrown out when it couldn’t be proven that he had assaulted a girl he had murdered. Believing he was now immune, he sent a taunting letter to the prosecutor, admitting the assault. It was used to successfully re-convict him to death.

  8. Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage.

  9. Death sentence with reprieve, a punishment in which the criminal is given a two year suspended sentence before execution. By abstaining from additional crimes during the two years, the criminal can reduce the sentence to life imprisonment, or, by committing good deeds, a fixed-term sentence.

  10. A network of men and women working in the legal system have created something called "The Innocence Project" which to date has exonerated 364 innocent people serving sentences for violent crimes with punishments ranging from death to life without parole.

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Steven Jay Russell, who impersonated a prison guard to simply walk out of prison. Upon recapture Russell lowered and paid his bail by pretending to be a judge, escaped his next capture by impersonating a doctor, and did so AGAIN by faking his death, eventually landing him a 144yr sentence.

Every year, OSHA publishes a list of workplace deaths with a one sentence description of what happened

King Gustav III of Sweden commuted the death sentences of a set of twins to life imprisonment if one drank 3 pots of coffee and the other drank 3 pots of tea to test the effects of the newly introduced coffee.

John Geoghan, the Catholic priest who sexually abused over 130 children and was a central figure in the Best Picture winner Spotlight, was strangled and stomped to death in prison by a self-described white supremacist serving a life sentence for murder.

Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen who took a 1000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland, starred in an Oscar-winning film, amputated his own toes, escaped a Nazi death sentence, cut his way out of a blizzard shelter with a knife made from his frozen feces, and won The $64,000 Question game show.

Julie d'Aubigny, a 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer who was challenged to duels by three different noblemen after kissing a young woman at a society ball. She beat all 3 of them. She was later sentenced to death by fire for kidnapping and arson. She survived that too!

A Catholic priest was strangled and stomped to death while serving a prison sentence for sexually molesting over 130 children in the Boston area.

A vegan couple was sentenced to life in prison for the death of their 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice.

Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ray Bradbury, actors Christopher Reeve and Linda Hamilton, and astronaut Alan Shepard are all descendants of Mary Bradbury, a woman tried and sentenced in the Salem Witch Trials who escaped death and lived to age 85.

In 1943, a former childhood friend of Hitler called Eugen Wasner told an anecdote to his Wehrmacht friends about 9 yr old Hitler trying to pee into a goat's mouth. The goat then bit his penis, and Hitler ran away crying. Wasner was subsequently sentenced to death.

Serial killer Javed Iqbal was sentenced to death by being strangled in front of his victims family's, dismembered and then burned in a vat of acid, in the same way he killed over 100 16 year old boys. He was found dead in his cell before the execution could be carried out. - fact check

In 1915 a man sentenced to death by firing squad. He was shot 10 times including a final shot in the head. He somehow survived, crawled away and found help. He became a local legend and toured with Ripley's Believe it or Not before dying in 1975.

Maximilian Kolbe, a priest in Auschwitz who volunteered to die in the place of a stranger who cried out "My wife! My children!". In the gas chamber, he kept all the others sentenced to death calm and was the last one to die.

Joe Arridy, a mentally ill man wrongfully sentenced to death in the 1930's. While on death row, he played with toy trains, requested ice cream for his last meal and, while being taken to the gas chamber, smiled and told the warden, "No no, Joe won't die"

The first known juvenile to be sentenced to death and executed in the territory of today's United States was guilty of bestiality; Thomas Granger of the Plymouth Colony was hanged for sodomizing "a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey."

Harris County, Texas has sentenced more people to death than 49 states. - fact check

There was a famous Greek prostitute who avoided a death sentence by stripping in front of the jury (all male), showcasing her breasts, and arguing that it would be a crime to destroy something so beautiful.

Robert H. Richards IV, who inherited the Du Pont family fortune after the death of John du Pont (of Foxcatcher fame), was convicted in 2009 of sexually abusing his 3-year-old daughter. His 8 year sentence was suspended, as the judge claimed he would "not fare well" in prison

In 17th century Italy conjoined twins were on trial for murder. Authorities arrested Lazarus after he stabbed a man for teasing his parasitic twin brother. Though he was sentenced to death the court let him go, finding that they could not execute him without killing his innocent conjoined twin.

If you are sentenced to death in Japan, once your final appeal is exhausted you execution date is kept secret until the morning it happens.

Ren Xiaofeng, a manager of The Agricultural Bank of China, stole $26,000 from the bank with the intention of buying lottery tickets, winning, and repaying the initial theft. Against the odds, it worked so he tried again with $6.7 million. He lost all but $95,000 and was sentenced to death. - fact check

There is an animal that looks like a gremlin with a "long, bony, witch-like middle finger" called an Aye Aye. These gentle, harmless animals are killed due to local superstition that aye-ayes are harbingers of death, and if an aye-aye points its middle finger at you, it's a death sentence.

Helmuth Hübener, the youngest opponent of the Nazis to be sentenced to death. Upon receiving his sentence, he told the judges "Now I must die, even though I have committed no crime. So now it's my turn, but your turn will come."

King Gustav III of Sweden, in an experiment, commuted the death sentences of a pair of twins on the condition that one drank 3 pots of coffee, and the other tea, every day for the rest of their lives

A Greek courtesan who managed to avoid a death sentence by showing the judges her boobs and claiming it would be a ‘crime against the gods’ to destroy something so beautiful.