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Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu, and Muammar Gaddafi
Should the deaths of the above be included? The Ceaușescus were subjected to a kangaroo court (which might be a 'see also') and Gadaffi's death was bordering on the lynch mob. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:47, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
lynch mobs, and extrajudicial punishment vs vigilantism and mob justice
I get the impression that "extrajudicial punishment" usually refers to the illegal action of states or law enforcement rather than individuals going out to kill criminals (vigilantism, whether of the Death Wish or Batman kind). Things like lynch mobs exist somewhere in between, as things which are likely to be implicitly permitted by authorities particularly in a racist system such as the Jim Crow American South, where they constitute an informal method of justice/social control. But cases where a group of people spontaneously decide to kill a suspected pedophile are maybe different, and classed more as vigilantism than extrajudicial punishment? Maybe this could be clarified if people have the appropriate references. --Annanoon (talk) 10:22, 7 January 2020 (UTC)