I was completely wrong about hanging being an excessively cruel method of execution (next post). In fact, if done by an expert, it’s almost kind!
"Mr Singh, 74, is Singapore's chief executioner and has hanged more than 800 prisoners over 45 years. It has not been announced whether Mr Singh will be the hangman at the execution in Changi Prison at 6am local time tomorrow.
But he said if he did, Nguyen would not suffer unduly.
"With me they don't struggle, I know the real way," Mr Singh said this week.
Anyone wavering on whether to endorse hanging as a civilized response to crime should consider whether the ghoulish ritual that marked out Nguyen’s last hours is really appropriate for one of the most developed countries in the world at the beginning of the 21st century.
The executioner would visit Nguyen's solitary confinement cell at Singapore's Changi Prison today to weigh him and measure the exact length of rope required to hang Nguyen.
The length of rope would be calculated in part on the size of Nguyen's neck.
A sandbag the same weight as Nguyen's body would test the operation of the gallows.
At dawn tomorrow Nguyen would be cloaked with a white hood and led from his cell.
Nguyen's body would be left hanging for 30 minutes after the trapdoors open.
Ideally, Nguyen's neck would dislocate or snap immediately and he would be asphyxiated.
“Ideally” —Jesus wept. And if not "ideally"? Please don't answer that.