After an evening with some whiskey smuggled for him into the prison and a special phone call from Johnny Cash, famous inmate Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad on January 17, 1977.
Tonight, a convicted killer is set to become the first person executed in the U.S. this year. Robert Gleason Jr., 42, has actively prevented any attempts to stop his execution. While serving time in prison for murder, he strangled two inmates and threatened to continue killing unless given the death penalty.
People who knew the portly and bespectacled Catherine Cassler were unlikely to guess that this woman, who seemed so ordinary, would twice live in the shadow of execution – and twice escape with her life.
Manuel Pardo was pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m. last night at at Florida State Prison in Starke. Due to a reported malfunction of the death chamber’s sound system, reporters could not hear Pardo’s final words, but according to prison officials, he said “Airborne forever. I love you, Michi baby.” Michi, CBS News reports, is Pardo’s daughter.
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.
Convicted killer Brett Harman went to his execution Tuesday still maintaining his innocence. Hartman has spent over a decade on Ohio’s death row for the brutal 1997 murder of Winda Snipes. Prosecutors said Harman had stabbed her 138 times, slit her throat and cut off her hands.
Mario Swain, 33, was executed in Hunstville, Texas, on November 8, 2012, for the brutal murder of Lola Nixon, beaten with a tire iron, stabbed and strangled in her home two days after Christmas in 2002. After the murder Nixon’s blood was found all over her house, indicating a struggle, and on Swain’s clothing in [...]
Steven Hayes, one of the two men convicted of the horrific home invasion murders of a Cheshire, Conn., woman and her two daughters in 2007, has asked to waive his appeals and be put to death. In a letter to the Hartford Courant, Steven Hayes, 49, said that he cannot continue to live under the conditions to which he is subjected on death row at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.
“I’m an innocent man. I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man.” Those were the last words uttered by 44-year-old Jonathan Green before he was injected with the lethal cocktail of drugs that would end his life. Green was pronounced dead at 10:45 pm last night in a Huntsville, Texas prison. The execution came after a flurry of wrangling this past week.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court must decide by midnight tonight whether to execute Terry Williams, a man who has been on death row since 1986, when he was convicted for beating a 56-year-old man to death with a tire iron. His victim, Amos Norwood, had allegedly sexually abused Williams since he was a minor.