In the wake of three controversial executions carried out in the last 24 hours, Crime Library presents the basic facts regarding lethal-injection drugs, the controversy surrounding their use and the executioners’ search for the perfect pharmaceutical execution.
Missouri is having a hard time getting the drugs it needs to execute Joseph Franklin, a pretty miserable serial killer. Drug manufacturers have effectively cut off the state so it has turned to making its own concoction.
For those of you who have wondered how exactly lethal injection is performed and how it works, we offer a quick look at the process and the chemistry of execution by lethal injection.
In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. Currently, Florida’s death row houses 406 inmates, five of them female. These are the women of Florida’s death row.
The state of Ohio bid good riddance yesterday to Steven Smith, who was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville. Smith was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend’s daughter, 6-month-old Autumn Carter, while he was raping her.
Here at Crime Library, we’ve been collecting the final words of death row prisoners since the beginning. Many proclaim their innocence, some apologize to their victims, others pray and a few just wish for their favorite team to win the big game. Convicted killer Richard Cobb, however, surprised everyone with what he said when the lethal cocktail began coursing through his veins last Thursday.
In a 1986 killing spree that lasted three months, Manuel Pardo killed nine people. Most of his victims were involved with drugs, said authorities, and Pardo claimed to be doing the world a favor by killing them.