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Beheaded in America, Brooklyn Landlord nearly decapitated by tenant

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Waring, this article contains some disturbing details about beheading.

A 27-year-old man, Rasel Siddiquee, was arrested in connection with the death of Mahuddin Mahmud, a 57-year-old business man and a father of three. NYPD discovered the body of Mahmud after responding to a 911 call involving an assault.

Mahmud's body was found in the basement of a building he owned with his head almost completely severed, and his face was burned. The murder occurred at his building on McDonald Avenue in Kensington.

Police say Siddiquee lived in the basement of the building. Mahmud was a Bangladeshi immigrant who came to the U.S. decades ago. He worked hard establishing his software training business.

NBC 4 New York reports a childhood friend told them, "Mahmud believed so much in the American dream that his wedding portrait hangs next to an American flag." Mahmud leaves behind a wife and his three children, ages 20, 9 and 4.

After Siddiquee nearly beheaded his landlord, he tried to flee the country by hopping a flight at JFK airport. Siddiquee claims that Mahmud humiliated him because he was poor and short on rent money. However, his real motive is currently unknown.

Death by beheading is a brutal and gruesome way to die, and is usually the way radical Muslims settle issues they have with other people. Decapitation has been used for thousands of year and it's the forceful removal of the human head, usually it was done as a form of capital punishment.

The term "capital" is said to have been coined in context to describe execution by decapitation. It comes from the Latin word caput which means head. There have been many debates about how long the head remains conscious after being separated from the body.

During the French Revolution a case was observed, of Languille, a convicted murderer who was guillotined in France. He was observed by Dr. Beaurieux during his execution at 5:30 a.m. on June 28th, 1905. He wrote his observations in Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle, which say:

Here, then, is what I was able to note immediately after the decapitation: the eyelids and lips of the guillotined man worked in irregularly rhythmic contractions for about five or six seconds ... I waited for several seconds. The spasmodic movements ceased.

The face relaxed, the lids half closed on the eyeballs, leaving only the white of the conjunctiva visible, exactly as in the dying whom we have occasion to see every day in the exercise of our profession, or as in those just dead. It was then that I called in a strong, sharp voice: 'Languille!' I saw the eyelids slowly lift up, without any spasmodic contractions.

Next Languille's eyes very definitely fixed themselves on mine and the pupils focused themselves. After several seconds, the eyelids closed again, slowly and evenly, and the head took on the same appearance as it had had before I called out.

It was at that point that I called out again and, once more, without any spasm, slowly, the eyelids lifted and undeniably living eyes fixed themselves on mine with perhaps even more penetration than the first time. Then there was a further closing of the eyelids, but now less complete.

I attempted the effect of a third call; there was no further movement and the eyes took on the glazed look which they have in the dead. I have just recounted to you with rigorous exactness what I was able to observe. The whole thing had lasted twenty-five to thirty seconds.

The quote above is found on the Lucid Decapitation website which explains many more beheadings and what is said to actually happen when a person is beheaded.

Undoubtedly Mahmud suffered a painful and gruesome death and it's quite possible remained conscious after having his head nearly removed from his body.

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