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DECAPITATION, punishment. The punishment of putting a person to death by taking off his head.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Then he placed the puppy between two cinder blocks, making sure that it could not move, before decapitating it with a hatchet.
Samantha, of Littleborough, Gtr Manchester, said: "I am at risk of internally decapitating every time that I move my head."
Critique: Impressively well and exhaustively researched, organized and presented, "Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln" is a substantial and valued contribution to the growing body of historical literature with reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln.
A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate, police said, as she reportedly told investigators she "wanted to dissect" someone.
Summary: Fighters attack militia leader's house in Jilam, killing then decapitating Abu Salim's wife, two sons and another woman.
The accused allegedly threatened the salesman of decapitating him if he did not pay the money.
Summary: Sydney: A man was charged with murder after allegedly decapitating his father in Australia on ...
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi insisted the rebels had no role in decapitating the NSP staffers.
A woman yesterday pleaded guilty to strangling and decapitating her three young children, after reaching an agreement with prosecutors that spares her from the death penalty.
He said demonstrators were believed to have pulled the two bodies away before decapitating them.
German police yesterday said a 31-year-old Nuremberg woman had been arrested on suspicion of decapitating her infant son in his playpen with a kitchen knife in front of her two other children.