This first one is public torture, certainly, and I would think the end result would be execution, either by the torture or some form of coup de grace.
The picture is by Ahab, who was one of the earliest erotic bdsm photo manipulators. His work looks crude now, but in those heady early days of the internet some of his pictures were a real revelation, a wtf is that real moment. Let us pay homage to the grandfather of our type of manip art
This is a favourite Spanish method, I believe
She will be lowered so the headsman has a clean strike