Taking away another human being’s life is a disturbing thing
to do for a living. Usually it’s considered a crime, but sometimes it’s the
opposite: a punishment. And behind every execution is an executioner: someone
who is paid by the state to kill in the name of justice. This job has existed throughout
most of human history, and in many places it still exists to this day.
It’s not an easy job. It takes someone with thick-skin to be
an executioner, and in some cases it takes someone very sadistic too. Most
people who take the job suffer, whether it’s because of their own issues or through being shunned by their peers. And so this complicated, controversial job
can lead people to do strange things and live strange lives.
With most executions, the spotlight is on the person on the receiving
end. But if you take a look at the person who flicks the switch, swings the
axe, or ties the noose, you might be surprised at what you find. The people
behind the execution often have stories that are just as sinister as the person