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.
Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010. After yesterday’s verdict, the nation wants to know: Will Jodi Arias be joining their ranks?
Death row inmates are allowed a special last meal request before execution. Here’s what some of them ordered.
There aren’t many decisions that a death row inmate can make. In some cases, however, a condemned criminal is allowed to make the ultimate choice: how he will die.
It is difficult to find a way to deliberately put a human being to death that modern Americans can agree is “humane.” Perhaps for this reason, methods of execution have repeatedly been invented that were touted as humane only to later be criticized as inhumane. Here, we investigate the rise and fall of the gas chamber’s popularity as a method of shipping the condemned off to the afterlife.
In China, a person can be sentenced to death for crimes ranging from theft, to drug offenses, to murder. In a show that aired weekly on the Henan Legal Channel for six years, host Ding Yu conducted interviews with condemned criminals preparing to be executed for murder. Below is a segment from BBC’s This World focusing on the Chinese show, titled simply Interviews Before Execution.
Two women throw themselves to the floor after receiving life sentences for abusing to death a 3-year-old girl. A 19-year-old killer flies into a rage after being sentenced to death for the rape and execution-style killing of a young woman.
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.