One can easily find photographs online of executions of men in Iran with their hands bound behind their backs who are hoisted upward in a suspension hanging by a crane or similar mechanical device. Adding to the brutality, a man’s face occasionally is not covered to allow full view of his facial contortions and other visible signs of his agony as he dies. These hangings are taking place during the 21st century in Iran.
Some photographs show the presence of law enforcement authority. This is conclusive proof that in a country such as Iran, where law is connected directly to organized religion (Islam), the ancient methods of execution once considered cruel and unusual punishment are today believed to be sufficiently normal to be conducted right out in the daylight in public with the participation of law enforcement official.
With any doubt whatsoever, Iranian men derive enjoyment out of suspension hangings. Hanging five men at one time using a crane would not be done unless someone wanted the spectacle of the hanging to be incredibly dramatic.
Binding a man’s big toes together before he is drawn upward by a crane in Iran is also shown in photographs. This kind of restricting a man’s feet or legs before he endures a suspension hanging will enhance the doomed man’s gallows dance–the body’s natural struggle to fight against the strangulation.
Iranian execution photographs and videos available online always show a large all-male crowd standing by watching crane hangings that inevitably showcase suffering and death in plain view. Here you can watch a ten-minute 2012 hanging video from Iran.
In 2011 in the state of Texas, a restaurant owner used a poster (shown below) to generate business by focusing upon American disdain for Iran and Islamic hangings: