Jul. 11, 2020

DEATH BY ELECTROCUTION.

THIS IS THE FIRST AND ONLY-KNOWN PHOTO OF A PERSON BEING ELECTROCUTED. IT HAPPENED IN 1928 WHEN A PHOTOGRAPHER SNEAKED A CAMERA INTO SING SING PRISON AND CAUGHT THE ELECTROCUTION OF RUTH SYNDER, AGE 32, WHO WAS SENTENCED TO DIE IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR FOR KILLING HER HUSBAND. THE PHOTO IS SLIGHTLY BLURRED BECAUSE---AS YOU CAN WELL-IMAGINE---RUTH SYNDER SHOOK VIOLENTLY IN THOSE FEW SECONDS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

IN THE LATE SIXTIES, WHEN I HOSTED A MORNING SHOW FOR ARKANSAS'S ABC AFFILIATE, THE STATION'S MANAGER INVITED ME TO ATTEND THE ELECTROCUTION OF A YOUNG MAN FROM GEORGIA WHO HAD MURDERED HIS STEP FATHER.

BECAUSE THE ELECTRIC CHAIR IN GEORGIA WAS BEING "OVERHAULED"....GEORGIA'S GOVERNOR ARRANGED TO HAVE THE PRISONER'S ELECTROCUTION "CARRIED OUT" IN ARKANSAS.

I WAS THE ONLY FEMALE SITTING WITH EIGHT MEN IN THE TINY GLASS-WINDOWED ROOM. NO ONE SPOKE A WORD AS A VERY THIN MAN IN BLUE JEANS AND A WHITE T-SHIRT WAS STRAPPED TO A PLAIN-WOODEN, HOMEMADE CHAIR COVERED WITH LEATHER STRAPS AND THICK CORDS.

THE YOUNG MAN NEVER LOOKED UP...NOT ONE TIME...BUT... WHEN THE WARDEN NODDED AND THE LOUD GENERATOR STARTED...THE MAN'S BODY CONVULSED VIOLENTLY FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE TEN MINUTES. WHEN THE GENERATOR SUDDENLY STOPPED AND THE ELECTROCUTION WAS OFFICIALLY-ENDED...THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE YOUNG MAN WAS DEAD. HE WAS BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM EVERY ORIFICE AND... HIS BODY...FLAME-RED IN COLOR... LOOKED LIKE A BOILED LOBSTER.

I WOULD NEVER AGREE TO WITNESS SUCH A BRUTAL DEATH...EVER AGAIN. YET, I STILL BELIEVE IN EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT AS THE ONLY WAY TO DESTROY PURE EVIL. 

I'M NOT SURE MY COMPUTER IS OPERATING EFFECTIVELY SO I'M NOT GOING TO POST MY EXPERIENCE WITHTHE DEATH I WITNESSED IN CHINA.... BY FIRING SQUAD....UNTIL TOMORROW.  NO...I'M NOT OBSESSED WITH DEATH BUT WE ALL MUST ACCEPT THE FACT THAT DEATH IS A PART OF LIFE.

STAY CLOSE....IN LIFE AS WELL AS DEATH.

SALLY