Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

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In early 2013, Robert Gleason ended up being the newest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution technique. Shouting Pog mo thin ("Kiss my ass" in Gaelic) he grinned electricity shot through his system. When the current was changed off his body dropped against the leather restraints, and Gleeson, who had actually strangled two fellow inmates to ensure his execution was not held off, was dead. The execution had actually gone flawlessly -- not an ensured outcome with the electric chair, which has gone horrifically wrong on lots of occasions.Old Sparky covers the history of capital penalty in America and the "present wars"in between Edison and Westinghouse which caused the development of the electric chair. It examines how the electric chair ended up being the most popular technique of execution in America, before being superseded by deadly injection. Famous executions are checked out, together with eccentric last meals and poignant last words.The capital punishment stays a hot subject of debate in America, and Old Sparky does not avoid that debate. Executions have gone marvelously wrong, with convicts being set alight, and requiring approximately 5 jolts of electricity before passing away. There have been horrible miscarriages of justice, and the capital punishment has not been applied even-handedly. Historically, African-Americans, the psychologically challenged, and poor offenders have been most likely to get the chair, an abnormality which led the Supreme Court to briefly suspend the capital punishment. Given that the resumption of capital penalty in 1976 Texas alone has carried out more than 500 detainees, and death row is complete. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Game imprint, are proud to release a broad variety of books for readers thinking about history-- books about The second world war, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we release becomes a New york city Times bestseller or a nationwide bestseller, we are devoted to books on subjects that are often overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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