Pay-per-View Executions ?
Angus 2012/05/01 20:49:08
The United States has a long history of so-called "legal" public executions. The
last one was carried out in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1936 when Rainey Bethea was
hanged after his conviction for the rape and murder of a 70-year-old woman.
Hundreds of reporters and photographers -- some from as far away as New
York and Chicago -- were sent to Owensboro to cover what was then the country's
first hanging conducted by a woman. At least 20,000 people descended on the town
to witness the execution. Bethea walked toward the gallows shortly after sunrise
and was pronounced dead at around 5:45 a.m. that same day.
Should we bring back a modern version of this perverted tradition?
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