All 41 Crimes Punishable by Death in the US

There are 41 crimes punishable by death in US federal law codes. Federal death penalty crimes almost always involve murder committed in some kind of special circumstance, involving protected classes, multiple crimes, or children. There are 62 prisoners on federal death row, and their crimes range from multiple murders to terrorist bombings.

While many crimes punishable by death by the federal government are well-known, others on this capital offenses list are obscure, and have never actually resulted in anyone getting the death penalty. For example, while committing a murder during a hijacking or terrorist attack are capital crimes, so are killing someone on a merchant ship, oil platform, or in the process of wrecking a train. Many of these crimes that send you to death row have never actually been used in court, or resulted in the death penalty.

Here are all 41 federal capital crimes in the United States - whether or not they have resulted in a criminal's death.
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  • Murder Related to the Smuggling of Aliens

    Murder Related to the Smuggling of Aliens

  • Destruction of Aircraft or Motor Vehicles Resulting in Death

    Destruction of Aircraft or Motor Vehicles Resulting in Death

  • Murder Committed During a Drug-Related Drive-by Shooting

    Murder Committed During a Drug-Related Drive-by Shooting

  • Murder Committed at an International Airport

    Murder Committed at an International Airport

    Suspected LAX shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia will face the death penalty on this charge at his upcoming trial.