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  1. JayStreete
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    God that angers me when people think it makes things better when they pardon someone after their death. They're dead. You freaking killed them. Pardoning them after death does absolutely nothing for they're gone now.

    This is why I hate the death penalty. It's so easy to get it wrong and kill an innocent person. Then their innocent death is on the souls of everyone in the state/country that supports the death penalty.

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    1. Unanimous
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      what you said

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    2. Zack
      Zack at |

      they pardon them for the family, like Samuel Mudd was a supposed helper in the lincoln assassination, by fixing john wilkes booth leg. It was later proven he provided no help in the assassination and was just a result of bad timing. Jimmy Carter pardoned Samuel Mudd so that the family didnt have to deal with all the hatred that was aimed at the mudd family.

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  2. Ash
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    Jay,

    I completely agree with what you said! It's so easy to make a mistake when it comes to killing someone who just may be innocent. Keep in mind a lot of these executions took place during times when a justice and court system weren't the most stable and refined.

    I'm not against the death penalty at all, but it is clear that mistakes are sometimes made. Hopefully one day clearer guidelines and efforts will be made to ensure an innocent person isn't put to death.

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  3. Executed Today
    Executed Today at |

    Nice list. Here are a few more, although not necessarily all "wrongful" in the sense of being definitively factually mistaken. Unfortunately they're not all in the distant past.

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  4. Shane
    Shane at |

    Let's not get innocent confused with "not guilty" especially with the more modern cases. For Example, Cameron Willingham was executed for murder and arson, but by your own wording, "the fire may have been pure accidental." This means it could still have been arson and does not make Willingham innocent. He should have been acquitted and certainly not executed because there was no evidence, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he was guilty. Juriess NEVER declare a man innocent, only "guilty" or "not guilty"

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  5. MikeV
    MikeV at |

    The entry of Christ is weird. 'Is said'? Just take a quick look at the Four Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to see what happened immediately after Christ was crucified, it will blow the mind of even the most jaded religion reader. The Jewish leaders (Sanhedrin) hated what Jesus was doing and swore vengeance on him, and it was all predicted many hundreds of years before it happened, just take a look at some of the major prophetic books of the Old Testament.

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  6. Allen Falfa
    Allen Falfa at |

    while you are mentioning Jesus, you should also mention that the Easter Bunny, the Wicked witch of he west and Santa Clause and all good fairies from the land of OZ.

    Look buddy, other than the bible there is no evidence of Jesus ever existing. There is more evidence that the Easter Bunny existed than of Jesus.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Allen – I would be very interested in seeing this evidence you speak of for the Easter Bunny. 😉

      I am a Christian so I'm sure you will find my opinion biased and as a matter of faith I believe Christ lived and died as described in the Bible. But there are other sources where Christ is mentioned besides the Bible. Here is a link that mentions some of them. http://sonic.net/sentinel/naij3.html

      As usual, I ask the all people to have respect for the beliefs and opinions of others who comment on this blog. Free speech does not give you the right to be rude. I'll leave your comment, but try to be more empathetic in the future.

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      1. Steve
        Steve at |

        So your source for the existence of Jesus is a single reference on a pro-Christian site? Nice try! This is a man who supposedly healed the sick, walked on water, turned water into wine, fed 5000 people with 2 loaves and 5 fish (or the other way around, I forget) and yet there is only one non-religious reference to him? And you're convinced by this? lol, that's quite funny. You people will believe anything. Jesus' life, as recorded in the bible, is more or less based on thatof Joseph from the old testament (he's sort of the proto-jesus) and before that on Horus from Egyptian mythology and the book of the dead. Horus was born of a Virgin, was the son of God, had 12 followers, died and then was resurrected 3 days later… sound familiar? It's all a retelling of the same, fictional, story.

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        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          Just because I only give one source doesn't mean there aren't others. I'm not a theologian and never claimed to be. This is what I believe. If you don't that is your choice. You might show a little more respect for the views of others as I'm sure you would want the same.

          Horus does not have a similar story to Jesus. More sources (http://www.kingdavid8.com/Copycat/JesusHorus.html) were debunking this than proving it, which only points to the inaccuracy of this information. Regardless, you can pull facts you find and I can pull facts I find. The only real proof will be found after we leave this mortal coil. I am secure in my knowledge where I will be and for me, that is enough.

    2. Clairevoyagerfan
      Clairevoyagerfan at |

      Actually you are quite wrong in saying that there is no evidence of the existence of Jesus. It is widely accepted by historians that a man, Jesus of Nazareth, lived at the same time that Jesus Christ is said to have lived, whether or not he was the son of God. He was believed to be a prophet.

      I assume you're not a Latin scholar or you would be familiar with Tacitus' account of his life, so I'll include a source: http://www.tektonics.org/jesusexist/tacitus.html.
      Likewise at that time lived Josephus Flavius a Jew who also reported on Jesus' life and death:
      <a href="http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:UhowBIGZgzsJ :www.livius.org/jo-jz/josephus/josephus.htm+josephus+flavius+jesus&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk” target=”_blank”>http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:UhowBIGZgzsJ…” target=”_blank”>:www.livius.org/jo-jz/josephus/josephus.htm+josephus+flavius+jesus&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

      Now, you may not accept, or question Jesus' relationship with God but you must accept that he did live.

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    3. Jepurplessi
      Jepurplessi at |

      I like he fact that no one commented on this list as a whole. I like it, even if the topic is a bit gloomy. I also like that there are still ignorant atheists, even here, trying to give the rest of us a bad name. Just because you don't believe in it, doesn't mean you should be ignorant to others beliefs.

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    4. Connor
      Connor at |

      If you are bothered by the fact that we are Christians, then don’t bother going to the religious countdowns, trying to insult us is not gonna make us not believe.

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  7. Ash
    Ash at |

    Lol…People. Attack the list, not a small part of it. You will have your ideas, I mine.

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  8. knowledge
    knowledge at |

    eh socrates was more important than jesus, i dont wanna hear bitching he changed the way the world thought and without him philosophy wouldnt be the same. i dont wanna hear someone bitch and complain about how jesus changed the world because at the end of the day it was really constantine and many kings that formed christianity into what it is today. socrates lessons will remain timeless

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  9. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Knowledge – I think your comment should be changed to read, "I think Socrates was more important than Jesus."

    After all, that is your opinion. As a Christian I can tell you that no other person is as important to me than Jesus. Of course that is my personal opinion too, which I hope can be respected by other commenters on this site. Jesus was the catalyst for change to a Christian belief system and for that reason he is the most influential innocent to be executed on this list.

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    1. Steve
      Steve at |

      The other 9 all, undoubtedly, existed. Funny how there's less evidence for the existence of the son of god than for all the others!

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      1. TopTenz Master
        TopTenz Master at |

        Yes, it is funny it works that way. I'm sure you will mock me for saying this, but faith is a big part of Christianity and I believe it was done this way on purpose for many reasons. I choose to exercise my faith and belief in a loving God, why does that bother so many others who choose not to believe? What I find funny is that so many people who don't believe in God are so angry at those of us who do. Why? Why should it matter to you that I believe. My personal beliefs do not infringe on you, yet you feel the need to correct me when my belief causes you no pain but gives me hope and strength. Why would you want to take that from me or anyone. Answer that, and maybe you will not like what you come up with.

        Regardless, you have your view, which is to belittle those who choose to believe, and I have mine. You can't change my mind and only God can change yours.

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  10. Common Sense
    Common Sense at |

    You do realize that not all of them are "innocent" depending on the different perspectives right? For example, Joan of Arc was fighting against England therefore making her their enemy, meaning that they had every right to execute her. I'm not saying that it's right, just that you should consider different point of views. There is no definitive "good" or "evil" in this world.

    On a side note, this stories on the list seem to be quite one-sided and religiously biased…

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    1. Sacraman
      Sacraman at |

      It is that exact thought,"their is no definitive good or evil", that allows evil to exist and be perprestrated. Trust me, there is evil in this world, definitive total evil, I hope that you never have to experience that yourself. I would rather you remain ignorant than to discover how real evil is in your own life.

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  11. Saman
    Saman at |

    how about Martyrs of Karbala by Yazid.. this list is incomplete without them..

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  12. Norman Therun
    Norman Therun at |

    I'm with you, TopTenz Master.

    For those who are not believers, you might want to read "The Jesus I Never Knew" by Philip Yancey.

    I think the character Jesus was too "original" to be created by man. And why the disciples and all the early christians (if you said that there are no evidence about the existence of Jesus, I believe you could not deny the evidences of the existence of christians on that period of time) were willing to give themselves to torture and death (without even fighting back) to defend the character that never existed? And talking about tortures of that time. Crucifixion. Burnt. Boiled. Whipped. Thrown to lions. Why doing this for a person that was crucified and dead? It was easier to be tortured and killed by Romans, but why they were willing to be regarded as insane and "traitors" by their own people ? It was easier to follow somebody that was a country patriot than to die for some religious person that taught them to give the right cheek to people who hit the left cheek. and to love the enemies. (And these people are Jews) For what ? For something that they will enjoy only in the afterlife ?

    It is not logical to conclude that such Jesus figure did not exist.

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  13. nica
    nica at |

    BE careful what you say about our God…I agree to the one who created this…

    if jesus is not real then who's pure heart, perfect person could ever teach like jesus christ.. even the most intelligent person, could never posses such teachings.. cos human are imperfect…

    no perfect human with a perfect heart could ever say teachings…

    to those who against respect… your brains are not perfect to comment like this…

    be perfect in all aspects before u judge anything…

    christ is true..you don't believe cos' hearts covered by evilness…

    I pray to GOD to open ur heart and minds…

    only christ ever existed in this world that gave perfect teachings and love that ordinary geniuses human could never do.. and its doesn't required scientific and logical studies…

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  14. nica
    nica at |

    hmmm…if there is no such thing as good or evil..then you call to those who kill and those who love???

    then y killing, lying etc called evil while loving, caring is good?

    which of these 2 u will choose… so for those who non-believers of Go better sit on the corner and think… God teach all good things and bec. human are imperfect, human are sinners..

    just bec u can't see such evidence it's not real..

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  15. Gerry
    Gerry at |

    why Galileo Galilei doesn't in this list?

    he founded the first telescope that used to see strars and galaxy was suspected by people at that time as wizard, because they don't understand what he found, they decided to punished him to death. Long years after his death the people realized that they're wrong to punished scientist…

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  16. Ash
    Ash at |

    Galileo Galilei wasn't executed.

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  17. Chase
    Chase at |

    There's actually no proof that Jesus or Socrates ever existed. At this point their stories are merely folk tales to spread lessons.

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  18. Justin
    Justin at |

    Ok, here comes a whush of hot air . . .

    You people are unbelievable. This guy created us, and gave us a world to live on. He could have made us obediant to his every will, but he didn't because he wanted us to be happy, no matter what road we took, even though the only source of real happiness is He himself. Adam and Eve outraged Him, but He forgave them because he loved them. People betray God every day, they dis Him, they take His name in vain, they don't follow His rule, and He forgives them anyways, because He wants them to be happy. He could wipe us right off the face of the earth this very moment, but he won't because He loves US-Sick, immoral,unfaithful pathetic creatures like us. He even became a pain bearing human and was whipped, stabbed, humiliated, and nailed to a cross, just so WE could have a chance at getting to Heaven. To pay for all the debts that WE owe, so we don't have to suffer what we truly deserve. And after all He did for us, pathetic cowards like you are still trying to say none of that is real, to just turn your back on like and act as if this wonderful God Beyond Gods never existed. You just can't accept Him, can you? You should be ashamed of yourselves. Do you know WHY the only evidence God left us with was the Bible? Because, if God could just tell us all we needed to know about everything and literally just came right to town and said, "Here I am", then we wouldn't need faith. We wouldn't need to rely on Him for anything. You're supposed to just accept it and belive what you see, read it and weep, because it's all true. Our loving Father is still waiting for you with open arms, and all you have to do is ask him into your heart. But if you still can't even try to accept Him, then just shut your mouth and let us Christians do our thing. Because the last thing we need is to waste our time listening to your silly nonsense! Now, if you don't believe in God, that's just fine, but how about you get a life and stop constantly reminding us what you think, . Because to tell you the truth, WE REALLY DON'T CARE. 😀

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  19. Lola
    Lola at |

    Agree with Chase.

    Justin, we SO don't care too, so shut the HELL up.

    I believe in God, not the same as you. Think about it.

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    1. Justin
      Justin at |

      Alright, Lola, who DO you believe in then? You know what I'd love to do? I would LOVE to really tell you what I think of you. And if I didn't know God, you're darn right I would, too! But then that would make me a monster, like you. I know you don't know what you're doing when you talk to people the way you do, and I forgive you, because OUR God loves us and forgives us all, and want me to do the same. I love all of God's children, no matter what they do or say to me, and I only hope that someday you'll learn to do the same. God bless you, poor ignorant soul,

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      1. soni
        soni at |

        What’s wrong with u ppl? Attacking each other’s beliefs and opinions lyk crazy ppl.
        Why cant u just respect each other like normal grown ups. Afterall, it doesnt show conformity if u don’t agree.
        I’m most disappointed in those of u calling yourselves Christians. Don’t u kno that Christianity is founded on free will? The ppl that don’t agree with u are also merely expressing their beliefs, RESPECT THEM.
        @JUSTIN: “I would LOVE to really tell you what I think of you. And if I didn’t know God, you’re darn right I would, too! But then that would make me a monster, like you.” U CALLED LOLA A MONSTER, HOW DOES THIS MAKE U BETA THAN HER? FYI, SHE’S FAR MUCH BETA THAN U ARE. U CAN’T EXPECT EVRYONE TO CONFORM TO YO BELIEFS.

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  20. Lola
    Lola at |

    You are so funny 😀

    Thank you for the laugh!

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  21. allanana
    allanana at |

    HOW DID THIS GO FROM BEING A SITE ABOUT WRONGFULLY ACCUSED AND EXECUTED PRISONERS, TO THEOLOGY??

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      A lot of lists go that route on this site. Unfortunately any time you mention Christianity, some of those who are not Christians feel the need to attack the list and focus on that one topic.

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      1. Stella
        Stella at |

        I agree with you!…and @Soni…instead of teaching Christians what their belief demands of them…you should first look at what started the debate…its only people like you .and other who follow some other religion get a sense of insecurity at the slightest mention of Jesus and believe you should get all your weapons be it in words or real weapons to attach Christians and their beliefs …you are only pleased when either the Christians are killed or you convince them that they are wrong…get a life!…there is no difference in people who executed Christians and killed them and You.

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  22. P Smith
    P Smith at |

    Why is a fictional character put at #1 on the list?

    The list should be about real people and injustices, not fairy tales.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Read the comments and all will be revealed. This has been debated many times already.

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      1. P Smith
        P Smith at |

        If it being fiction has been pointed out, then why hasn’t it been removed and replaced with a real person?

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        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          I guess the bottom line is this. The author wrote this list with her belief system and it is my site and I also believe this. You can keep writing that you don’t believe but it won’t change the minds of those who do. Best to move on from this list and find another to debate. This isn’t changing.

    2. brontew
      brontew at |

      To P Smith. Whether you believe Joshua Ben Joseph of Nazareth (aka Jesus of Nazareth) was the son of God or not, there is non Biblical evidence he existed. There are at least 3 references to him in non Christian sources from the first or second centuries.
      If you continue to deny he lived then which of the other persons mentioned only once by Tacitis et al are you also going to say are fictional. Then I would like to hear your arguments as to why you say each of those persons were figments of the author’s imagination.
      Even if God didn’t exist that doesn’t mean Joshua didn’t exist.

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  23. Kate
    Kate at |

    Sorry, but your information on the Salem Witch Trials is all kinds of wrong.
    They started arresting people for witchcraft in April of 1692. They started hanging people in June of that year. The last execution happened in September. In total, 24 people died during that short span of time. Nineteen were hanged, four died in prison, and one was pressed to death (Giles Corey).
    I live in Salem, and I give tours on this information.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Thanks for the correction, Kate. I took the tour about 15 years ago and it still haunts me to think about the atrocities committed.

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  24. SarahSoAndSo
    SarahSoAndSo at |

    Um… How exactly were Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian SHOT? In the year… 287? Hello?

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    1. Howard
      Howard at |

      With arrows.

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  25. hakeem
    hakeem at |

    it is not only x-tians but the 1.5 billion muslims also believe in Jesus. Infact Jesus along with Abraham is the most beloved of all the prophets. But there is one big difference: According to the Quran, Jesus was not the son of God but a prophet only and also he was not crucified..but raised to the heavens alive by God before he was about to be crucified. Also muslims believe that Jesus will come back near the doomsday times………

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  26. Howard
    Howard at |

    Jesse Tafero? really? Maybe he didn’t do the actually shooting but he was no innocent.

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  27. emily
    emily at |

    It’s just a list to satisfy the minds of the curious… can religion actually be left out of any debate….? People calm down… 🙂 this isn’t meant to cause arguments

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  28. Dave in Milwaukee
    Dave in Milwaukee at |

    Thank you for a very interesting list. No. 9, William Marion, is a relatively unusual case in that he actually was proved innocent after his execution. One historical correction: Marion was executed by hanging, not by firing squad. Nebraska, where the trial and execution occurred, has never used the firing squad as its method of execution. (See, e.g., Wikipedia article and supporting citations).

    As to No. 7, I strongly disagree that Jesse Tafero was innocent. His case drew a large amount of attention mostly because of his “botched” execution. The fact that he was sentenced to death, and his co-defendant Rhodes was not, does not prove that Tafero was innocent. It simply means that Rhodes copped a better plea deal, which is hardly unusual.

    Also, not to get overly technical, but the photo that accompanies Tafero’s entry shows the old Texas electric chair that was last used in 1964. Tafero’s execution took place in Florida’s electric chair.

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  29. Donnie
    Donnie at |

    Joan of Arc was put on trial and burned by Frenchmen. The French church and nobility were happy to be rid of a political rival.

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