Mar. 16, 2022

DEATH BY THE ELECTRIC CHAIR.

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 FINAL SECONDS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

IN THE LATE SIXTIES, WHEN I HOSTED A MORNING SHOW FOR KATV, CHANNEL 7--- 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 BY USING A CHAINSAW. 

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 A SMALL, GLASS-WINDOWED “VIEWING” ROOM.

NO ONE SPOKE A WORD AS A VERY THIN MAN IN BLUE JEANS AND A WHITE T-SHIRT WAS STRAPPED TO A HOMEMADE-WOODEN-CHAIR COVERED WITH LEATHER STRAPS AND THICK CORDS.

THE YOUNG MAN IN THE CHAIR NEVER LOOKED UP--NOT-EVEN-ONCE--BUT-- WHEN THE WARDEN NODDED AND THE LOUD GENERATOR STARTED---THE MAN'S BODY CONVULSED—VIOLENTLY-- FOR ALMOST TEN MINUTES.

WHEN THE GENERATOR SUDDENLY-STOPPED AND THE ELECTROCUTION WAS OFFICIALLY-ENDED--THERE WAS NO DOUBT THE YOUNG MAN WAS DEAD. HE WAS BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM EVERY ORIFICE AND--HIS BODY--FLAME-RED IN COLOR--LOOKED LIKE A BOILED LOBSTER.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES--EVER AGAIN-- WOULD I AGREE TO WITNESS ANOTHER PERSON DIE, FOR ANY REASON. BUT, WHEN A PERSON IS FOUND GUILTY OF PURPOSELY- ENDING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER PERSON--THAT PERSON MUST LOSE HIS/HER RIGHT TO LIVE.

THESE DAYS, NO ONE REMEMBERS THE VICTIMS---THOSE WHO---THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN---LOST THEIR LIVES. THEY DESERVE JUSTICE.  IN MY OPINION, THE ELECTRIC CHAIR IS THE SOLUTION FOR DESTROYING PURE EVIL.

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

Simply, Sally

 

 

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17.10 | 01:42

I miss being Facebook friends with you! Hope you are well and happy.

Tammy Brookover Jay

15.10 | 01:28

Love all of this. I'm so lucky to be your neighbor,

30.08 | 16:26

Sally, my friend, I love your writings and sometimes they make me cry and then smile. I love you as if I had known you all my life. God Bless you each and every day in all you do.

29.08 | 19:19

Lol, I loved reading this story! As a female that dated a couple men with Harleys, I totally understand and met Harley Guy myself, many times over!
I hope you get your 3wheels someday soon!

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