Last Words of the Executed

Last Words of the Executed

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Last Words of the Executed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KatyKreutzer More than 1 year ago
In this book you learn a lot about different execution methods-the noose, firing squad, electric chair, gas chamber and lethal injection-and their background. From 1659 to 2008, it lists and pages many exciting stories of execution. You get to learn why the United States went from the hanging (noose) method of execution the firing squad then to the electric chair, gas chamber and finally to the method of lethal injection (which is still used to this day). You also get to learn crazy facts, like Thomas A. Edison (the creator of electric lights and the phonograph) was the one to come up with the idea of the Electric Chair. If you are like me you also start noticing crazy trends in the last words due to time period or even the method of execution. Through out the many years the themes of the last words shifted dramatically. Starting at wishing forgiveness from good to blaming god for what they have done, from saying things about the noose to things about burning, and from not caring about the victim's family to begging for forgiveness. Crazy stuff right? Sense the 1600s to the present, the last words of people on execution row have been noted and documented. The author of this book was able to do the time consuming work of cross-referencing these lasts words from many different sources to document and write this book. He did his best to explain what happened during each person's execution, their lasts words, and explains what law each person was being executed for. The author of this book used other sources to help him complete this book, some of these books or articles include "A Chronicle of Welch's Confession and Last Words" (1754), an autobiography "Cell 2455, Death Row", "Last Words and Dying Speech of Edmund Fortis" (1794), an article in the 'Salt Lake Tribune', and he used newspaper articles form the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. If you are not interested in knowing more in-detail about each method of execution, if you don't want to read stories of crimes and such, and you don't care to learn or read the last words of many people who have been executed, this book is not for you. If you are into strange, Criminal Justice, non fiction, death row, last words, or execution books like me, then this book is definitely for you. I recommend this book for all of whom are like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago