Here is an overview of rape as a capital offence at http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/death_for_rape_an_echo_of_the_past/.
I remember growing up in WV in the 1950s rape was a capital crime.
I think capital punishment ought to be re-instituted for rape of an adult woman. With certain stipulations.
First, if it is shown the woman is lying, she should suffer whatever the penalty for attempted murder is.
Second, the evidence must be clear. “She said, he said”, just won’t cut it. this will pretty much rule out “date rape”, and drunken party stuff. Forcible stranger rape would be what got the death penalty.
There might be a few more reasonable stipulations that I am not thinking about right now. I would be glad to hear them.