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Arizona Botches Execution, Inmate Gasps

Arizona Botches Execution, Inmate Gasps

By Mike Fossum July 23, 2014

Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood died nearly two hours after his execution commenced Wednesday, and his attorney said that he gasped for breath for much of that time. Wood was convicted of murder in 1989, after killing his estranged …

Inmate IQ Scores: A Factor In Executions? Inmate IQ Scores: A Factor In Executions?

Executions in the United States are becoming increasingly controversial. While accusations of cruelty and racism play a major part in opposing capital punishment, some also feel that special attention must be paid to sentencing mental ill or handicapped individuals. One …

Missouri Man Executed For Rape And Murder Missouri Man Executed For Rape And Murder

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor, 47, was executed on Wednesday for the abduction, rape, and death of 15-year-old Ann Harrison in 1989. Harrison was in her own driveway carrying a purse, flute, and her school books when she was abducted by …

Suzanne Basso Executed in Texas For 1998 Murder Suzanne Basso Executed in Texas For 1998 Murder

Suzanne Basso’s life came to a quiet end today, standing in stark contrast against the atrocities the woman and a few other people dealt to a mentally disabled man by the name of Louis “Buddy” Musso. Basso convinced Musso to …

Suzanne Basso Cleared for Execution in Texas Suzanne Basso Cleared for Execution in Texas

On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Suzanne Basso competent to be executed. Basso, 59, is awaiting execution in Texas due to her part in the 1998 murder of Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally handicapped man. Though …

Ohio Executes Killer and His Family Sues Ohio Executes Killer and His Family Sues
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When a criminal is convicted and faces execution, it is a difficult scenario for the family to endure. But when execution day comes and officials in charge of the execution botch things in a major way, it can cause serious …

Ohio Executes Killer Using New Drug Method Ohio Executes Killer Using New Drug Method
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On Thursday, Ohio executed its first death row inmate using a new two-drug procedure. Ohio became the first state to use the new method on 53-year-old Dennis McGuire. McGuire was convicted in 1994 for killing a pregnant woman, Joy Stewart, …

Florida Execution Carried Out After 40 Years Florida Execution Carried Out After 40 Years
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A Florida man, who spent nearly 40 years on death row, was executed on Tuesday. In 1974, Askari Abdullah Muhammad, 62, also known as Thomas Knight, abducted and killed his former boss and boss’ wife Sydney and Lillian Gans. Four …

Saudi Royal Facing Death Penalty Saudi Royal Facing Death Penalty

A news report emerged from Dubai early Sunday that claims a Saudi royal may very well be executed for the killing of another Saudi. A senior government source close to the royal family stated that the Prince Salman “cleared the …

John Kerry: North Korea's Leader Is Reckless John Kerry: North Korea's Leader Is Reckless
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U.S. Secretary of  State John Kerry has described North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, 30, as reckless and insecure following the arrest and execution of the North Korean leader’s powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek. Kerry said Kim’s actions were “ominous” …

Dennis Rodman: BFF with Kim Jong Un? Dennis Rodman: BFF with Kim Jong Un?
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Think Dennis Rodman needs some new friends! The former NBA star will be heading to North Korea next week to represent the U.S. as coach to the elusive country’s basketball team, despite the announcement on Friday of the execution of …

North Korea Executes Kim Jong-un’s Uncle North Korea Executes Kim Jong-un’s Uncle

Early Friday morning in North Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA – Korea’s official news outlet) reported that Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle, was executed. The news comes as purges of North Korea’s central governing personnel continue. Kim Jong-un …

Ohio Governor Execution: Murderer's Execution Delay Ohio Governor Execution: Murderer's Execution Delay

Sometimes, there are terrible people in this world who go on to do equally terrible things. Ronald Phillips is one of those people. This man raped and murdered his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993. He was caught, arrested, and sentenced …

State of Ohio Executes Harry Mitts Jr. State of Ohio Executes Harry Mitts Jr.

With a denial of clemency and a depletion of legal appeals, Harry D. Mitts was forced to face the inevitable on Wednesday, September 25. After almost 18 years incarcerated, Mitts was executed. He was pronounced dead at exactly 10:39am by …

Alabama Executes Mentally Ill Man Alabama Executes Mentally Ill Man

“Come sit down and let me pray for you” were the last words spoken by Charlie Newman an 80 year old World War II veteran.  He was speaking to a close friend of his grandson who was attempting to rob …

Texas Execution: Woman Said She Wasn’t Scared To Die Texas Execution: Woman Said She Wasn’t Scared To Die
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Texas executed its first woman in three years last night, and her last statements were about how she wasn’t afraid to go. 52-year old Kimberly McCarthy was convicted of murdering 71-year old Dorothy Booth in 1997 over a diamond ring …

Kimberly McCarthy: Texas to Execute Woman Tonight Kimberly McCarthy: Texas to Execute Woman Tonight
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Texas is looking at a grim milestone tonight. If the state proceeds with the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, it will mark the 500th execution since the death penalty was reinstated in the state in 1982. McCarthy was sentenced for robbing …