InNathuram GodseMahatma Gandhi 's assassin, was the first person to be executed by hanging in independent India. While those sentenced to death for murder were usually pardoned and sentences commuted to life imprisonment, those guilty of high treason were usually executed. Barton Kay Kirkham was the last person to be hanged in Utah, preferring it over execution by firing squad. Even under all degrees Naked women strung up by their necks judicial torture, the Jew denied performing this sacrilegious act, and was therefore exonerated. In California, Clinton Duffywho served as warden of San Quentin State Prison between andpresided over ninety executions. Beforethe short drop Naked women strung up by their necks the standard method for hanging, and is still common in suicides and extrajudicial hangings such as lynchings and summary executions which do not benefit from the specialised equipment and drop-length calculation tables used by the newer methods.