January 09, 2004

Dead Guy: Charles Singleton

The victim, Mary Lou York, was murdered in York’s Grocery Store at Hamburg on June 1, 1979. She died from loss of blood as a result of two stab wounds in her neck. Patti Franklin saw her relative Charles Singleton enter York’s Grocery at approximately 7:30 p.m. on the day of the crime. Shortly after he entered Patti heard Mrs. York scream, “Patti go get help, Charles Singleton is killing me.” Patti then ran for help. Another witness, Lenora Howard, observed Singleton exit the store and shortly thereafter witnessed Mary Lou, who was “crying and had blood on her,” come to the front door. 19 year old York, the owner of the store, identified Singleton to responding police officers and doctor shortly before her death.

Ashley County Ledger

"York Murderer Dies by Injection; 7th Execution Date is Final for Singleton," By Warren Watkins.

A full moon illuminated the ice-cold prison courtyard as volunteer executioners administered final earthly justice for Charles Singleton, 44, also known as Victor Ra Hakim. Singleton was executed by lethal injection at 8:02 p.m. at the Cummins unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections Tues., Jan. 6, 24 years after being convicted and sentenced to death by an Ashley County court for the 1979 murder of Mary Lou York in Hamburg.

Singleton's mental health had been an issue over the years, causing some to object to the state putting a arguably insane man to death. A CNN reporter interviewed Singleton a week before his execution and found him to be expectedly paranoid, ranting, and raving. However, the journalist found the murderer easily able to understand that he was about to be put to death for the murder he committed, and thus by the legal standard, sane.

Eighteen witnesses crowded into a tiny observation room for the efficient, clinical event, which took only four minutes. After opening drapes behind heavy glass windows on one side of the room, a warden announced the execution was about to take place and asked Singleton if he had any last words.

Singleton said he had planned to say something, but had written his words down and given them to the warden instead. Afterward, a copy of the letter, which was indecipherable spiritual gibberish, was given to the media.

With his head shaved and head held in a heavy leather strap, Singleton appeared to be ready for surgery. A man in civilian clothes, wearing a headset and speaking into its microphone, stood at the prisoner's head and watched a monitor.

As the intravenous drip began, Singleton released a sudden breath, his chest moved up and down twice, and he quietly stopped breathing. His thumb and middle finger on his right hand were lightly touching, as if he were meditating for peaceful focus, and never released.

Singleton was unbuckled, examined with a stethoscope, and pronounced dead by the Lincoln County coroner at 8:06 p.m.

In the warden's office at the prison, York's son, daughter, nephew, and two granddaughters watched the events on closed-circuit television, but did not appear for the press afterwards. Families of perpetrators, if they show up for the execution, are held at a roadblock a mile from the prison's entrance.

This was the seventh execution date for Singleton. In 1980 he came with 7 days of execution, in 1982 he came within 18 days once and within 3 days on another occasion, within 11 days in 1993, two days in 1998, and six days in 2001. He spent just over 23 years on death row.

Inmates on death row in Arkansas total 39, with 16 white, 22 black, and one Hispanic, all males. Arkansas has executed 194 persons in it history: 134 black males, 57 white males, two Indian males, and one white female. While 173 of those were murderers, 20 were rapists and one was both.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Singleton's attorney, said he was "frustrated, disappointed, and saddened" by the execution. His client was "rational, sane, and at peace," he said.

Karl Roberts, convicted of the kidnapping-murder of his 12-year-old niece, was scheduled to be executed after Singleton. But he won a last-minute stay of execution pending an appeal.

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January 08, 2004

The Dead Guys Are Back!

And here you thought it was over. Anyway, onward. Todays guy is named Ynobe Matthews.

21-year-old Carolyn Casey attended a party at her College Station apartment complex. Matthews, who lived in the same complex, also attended the party. Casey and Matthews were acquainted and during the party she gave him a ride to the grocery store to purchase alcohol. After returning to the party Casey became ill and left alone. A few hours later, the fire department responded to a fire call at Casey's apartment. Casey's body was found partially nude and propped against her bed, dead as a result of manual strangulation and a broken a bone in her neck. The apartment had been ransacked and appeared to be a burglary. Forensic testing revealed that fibers similar to the fibers of Matthews clothing were found on Casey's clothing and body. Fibers from Casey's panties were found on Matthew's shirt. Matthews DNA matched fingernail scrapings taken from Casey. Matthews at first denied any involvement, but after being confronted with this evidence, Matthews admitted that he had gotten into a fight with Casey, during which he threw her on the bed and choked her to death. Matthews also admitted starting the fire and ransacking the apartment to make it look like a burglary. All witnesses denied any romantic relationship between Matthews and Casey. DNA evidence obtained after Matthews was arrested for Carolyn's murder connected him to the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Jamie Hart, 14 months after her unclothed body was found on a rural road. Matthews pleaded guilty to the 1999 kidnap, rape and murder of Jamie Hart. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for that conviction. He was also linked to at least five other sexual assaults and is considered as a possible serial killer. Matthews waived further appeals.

Final Meal:
Three pieces of fried chicken, one pork chop, two pieces of fried fish, strawberry ice cream, a six-pack of Coke and a pack of Newport cigarettes. Authorities refused the cigarettes because of a "no tobacco policy."

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December 10, 2003

Quick and dirty method...

Okay theres a lot of dead guys to catch up on, so I'm just going to give you the links.

Sahib Lateef Al-Mosawi Died 12-06-00

Christopher Cornelius Goins Died 12-06-00

Daniel Joe Hittle died 12-06-00

Claude Howard Jones Died 12-07-00

Desmond Keith Carter 12-10-02

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Ernest West Basden

Executed December 6, 2002 by Lethal Injection in North Carolina

63rd murderer executed in U.S. in 2002
812th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in North Carolina in 2002
22nd murderer executed in North Carolina since 1976

The victim was killed on January 20th 1992

Basden shot Billy White twice in a murder-for-hire scheme devised by co-conspirators James Lynwood Taylor, his nephew, and Sylvia Ipock White, the victim's wife. Taylor pretended to be a wealthy businessman wanting to buy insurance and lured White to a wooded rural area. Taylor and Basden drove to the designated spot and waited. When White arrived, Taylor got out of his car and introduced himself, then Basden got out of the car and picked up a twelve-gauge shotgun he had placed on the ground. Basden pointed the gun at Billy and pulled the trigger. The shotgun did not fire because Basden had not cocked the hammer back. Basden then cocked the hammer and fired. Billy was knocked to the ground. Basden removed the spent shell casing and loaded another shell into the shotgun. Basden then approached Billy, who was lying face up on the ground, and while standing over him, shot him again. As agreed, Taylor gave his cash-strapped uncle $300 for the killing. Both Taylor and Basden later confessed to their roles in the killing. Mrs. White is currently serving two consecutive life sentences. Taylor is serving a life sentence.


Final Meal:
Basden did not request anything special for his last meal Thursday night, choosing instead to eat what all others at Central Prison ate. The menu included breaded veal, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, three-bean salad, mixed vegetables, slices of loaf bread, an orange and fruit punch.

Final Words:
"I killed Billy White. I'm sorry for it. And I pray that his family will come to forgive me and let time heal their wounds. And that's all we can do."

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Robbie James Lyons

This is the end of this Years for now, there maybe more, I'm gonna look them up. I've been just copying the last two, mostly because I'm lazy, you'll get my normal wit back on the next one. Honest.

December 5. 2003

Last Meal: pizza and lasagna, both made to follow Muslim dietary rules, and a Pepsi.

The skinny: Lyons, 31, was executed for a 1993 shooting murder during an attempted robbery at a grocery store.

Legal Machinations: Defense lawyers had said Lyons shouldn't be executed because he had a personality disorder and poor legal representation during his case.

Governor choses "cowardice" and "brutality": The Rev. Jesse Jackson sent Easley a letter urging clemency for Lyons.

"I have the deepest sympathy for the victims of violent crime and their families and loved ones left behind - but the death penalty is not the best way to acknowledge their grief," the letter said.

"By granting clemency in this case you would be setting an example of courage over cowardice, of humanity over brutality."

Easley said Thursday night he found no reason to reduce the sentence of Robbie James Lyons to life in prison, eliminating the prisoner's final chance to avoid the death penalty.

Last words and such: "If my death brings another person happiness, then I'm happy for them."

Factoids: The execution was the seventh by the state this year, the most since 1949.

Lyons was the...

65th murderer executed in U.S. in 2003
885th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
7th murderer executed in North Carolina in 2003
30th murderer executed in North Carolina since 1976

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Ivan Murphy

Another case of my neglect. Sorry. Oh and dad, I'm not giving up on the dead guy.

December 4, 2003

...Cool Whip, delicious dessert topping or a criminal's worst enemy...or both?

Last Meal: Four pieces of fried chicken (white meat), five pieces of deep fried fish, four deep fried breaded pork chops, extra-large order of french fries, large order of onion rings, ketchup, tarter sauce, one pint Blue Bell Moollennium Crunch ice cream, two quarts of chocolate milk. He probably got vanilla ice cream, a prison spokeswoman said.

The skinny: Murphy, 38, a former mechanic with an extensive criminal record in Oklahoma was executed for fatally beating an 80-year-old woman he'd known since childhood.

The crime: Murphy and an accomplice went to Murphy's old neighborhood where he was known as "Pee Wee," to rob the woman. She invited them in and offered him ice cream because she knew him.

``She died in her own chair in her own living room. It was horrible,'' said former Grayson County District Attorney Robert Jarvis. ``They took either her cane and or a sawed-off shotgun they brought with them and just beat her as she sat in her chair.''

The accomplice was sentenced to life in prison.

Cool Whip, Crime fighter: Strawberry ice cream in a plastic bowl helped convict Murphy of the 1989 slaying.

"We dusted the inside of a Cool Whip bowl and found his fingerprint," said former Grayson County District Attorney Robert Jarvis, recalling evidence in Murphy's capital murder trial.

Besides the fingerprint, jewelry taken from the victim was linked to Murphy, and traces of the woman's blood were found on his clothes.

Last words and such: "This is a celebration of life, not death," Murphy said in a brief final statement while strapped to the death chamber gurney. "Through Jesus Christ we have victory over death." He thanked Pope John Paul II and others for prayers, love and support. ``I want to thank everybody around the world and Father, let your will be done.''

Maybe Not: The victim's son said Murphy's comments were nothing but ``religious babble'' because he never admitted he was guilty. ``Just howling in the trees, just wind in the trees. Without true remorse, it means nothing.''

Factoids: Murphy is the second of five scheduled to die in Texas over the next eight days.

Murphy was the....

64th murderer executed in U.S. in 2003
884th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
24th murderer executed in Texas in 2003
313th murderer executed in Texas since 1976

This summary was compiled from various news accounts.

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Richard Charles Ducan

I actually had this one typed up, but I never remembered to post it. Heh.

December 3, 2003

..."it was all about money"...

Last Meals: fried chicken (three chicken breasts--well done), french fries, lettuce, tomato, berry cobbler and a coke.

The skinny: Duncan, 61, was executed for the slayings of his boyfriend's parents at their Houston home more than 16 years ago. Duncan hoped to share the $500,000 life insurance of the couple to save the failing computer business he ran with the couple's son and another man.

"It was all about money," prosecutor Kelly Siegler said.

Unsolved: The brutal murders had gone unsolved for six years when Houston police got a break.

Solved: Robert John Alexander knew who did it, and he could no longer live with his troubled conscience. Alexander gave police the evidence they needed to convict Duncan, his former roommate and lover who also had a relationship with the victim's son, Gary High.

The crime: The trial portrayed Duncan as the manipulative, dictatorial leader of "a family" made up of himself, Alexander and Gary High.

The three had developed a thriving computer business that was doing well until 1987, when the oil business went bust.

Alexander testified that Duncan had talked of killing the Highs so that Gary High would benefit financially.

Police at first thought the couple died accidentally of asphyxiation because they smelled gas and found a gas grill connected to an open jet behind the washing machine.

They found the wife, on her bed and the husband, 72, lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor, where police initially thought he had died from gas fumes after falling and striking his head.

But investigators soon found evidence of something more sinister. the wife had been smothered to death and placed on the bed with a book beside her as if she had fallen asleep reading. Her reading glasses, however, were across the room.

Although Duncan was a prime suspect at the time, police did not have enough evidence to convict him until Alexander contacted them in 1993, saying he wanted to clear his conscience. Alexander, who had become involved with another man, was no longer living with Duncan.

Alexander was granted immunity for his testimony. He agreed to call Duncan at his home in Seattle and record the phone conversations.

Duncan implicated himself in the phone conversations and was arrested Feb. 3, 1994, in Seattle.

Last words and such: Asked if he had a final statement, Duncan said he did not but replied: "Now that I see my family here and everything, all I want to say is I love you all so much. I'm innocent and you know that." As the lethal injection started, Duncan continued to look toward the five friends her referred to as family, saying, "They're so beautiful. Aren't they?"

Factoids: Duncan is the first of five scheduled to die in Texas over the next eight days.

Duncan was the....

63nd murderer executed in U.S. in 2003
883nd murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
23nd murderer executed in Texas in 2003
312th murderer executed in Texas since 1976

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December 02, 2003

Dead guy of the day... States

38 states have the death penalty. They are (and what they use):

Lethal Injection
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
Federal Government

South Carolina

Lethal Gas

Firing Squad

New Hampshire

(these may have changed, I don't know)

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December 01, 2003

Dead guy of the day.. and fast facts.

Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 878 convicted murderers have been executed in the United States. Of those executed: 10 were female; 22 were under the age of 18 at the time of the murder; 501 (57%) were white and 299 (34%) were black; 711 (81%) were executed by lethal injection, including 225 of the last 227 executions; 151 were executed by electric chair, 11 by gas chamber, 3 by hanging and 2 by firing squad; Executions were held in 32 different states; 310 (35%) were in Texas; 11 were in Indiana; 66 were executed in 2001, and 71 were executed in 2002. (As of November 1, 2003)
(statistics from: The Death Pentaly)

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November 30, 2003

Dead guy of the day... Costs.

Beyond the basic cost of life, to excecute someone it costs:

31c of electricity to use the Electric Chair.
$600-$700 for Lethal Injection.
$250 for the cyanide used in the Gas Chamber.

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November 29, 2003

Dead guy of the day.. and the ways to die (part 5)

Lethal injection, the most popular form of excecution.

36 out of 38 states offer lethal injection. The first state to offer it being Oklahoma in 1977. On December 2, 1982 Charles Brooks was the first peron killed with it.

The inmate is straped into a hospital gurney, with several heartbeat monitors attached. Two tubes are inserted into the arms of the inmate (incase on fails), the tubes lead to the other side of a wall where the technition is.

The execution begins when the first liquid-saline-is released into the tubes. On the Warden's word, the curtains that hide the inmate are opened for the wintnisses. Then a solution of Sodium Thiopental-a quick acting anesthetic- is inserted, causing the inmate to fall asleep. Thirdly, Pavulon or Pancuronimu Bromide is pumped into the inmates arm. This paralyses the entire muscular system causing the inmate to stop breathing. The Last chemical inserted into the inmate is Pottassium Chloride. Pottassium Chloride stops the heart.

A doctor then pronounces the prisoner dead.

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November 28, 2003

Dead guy of the day.. and the ways to die (part 4)

Today's is on Hanging.

Often used by lynch mobs as a way to execute someone, Hanging is a classic. Two states, Delaware and Washington, still offer this method of execution.

Because if a man is hanged (yes its Hanged, not hung. Its only hung for an inatament object-I checked with my English Teacher) and its not done properly, the convict can spend up to 45 minutes alive, strangling slowly to death. Therefore they rehearse. A sandbag, the exact weight of the convict is used to ensure a correct "Drop". If the drop is too long, the convict can be decapitated, if it is too short, then the prisoner dies of strangulation.

The rope used in official hangings is between 3/4 and 1 1/4 inch in diameter and it is boiled and stretched to eliminate its spring. The noose is tied and lubricated to ensure a smooth flowing slip.

The prisoner is then has his/her hands and feet tied and he is blindfolded. The knot of the noose is placed just behind the convicts left ear.

If the neck of the prisoner doesn't fracture when the trap door is released, the prisoner strangles to death, with the eyes popping, the face engorging with blood, and the prisoner often expels their bladder and bowls. The body also twitches and the tongue protrudes.

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November 27, 2003

Dead guy of the day... Special.

I've already posted one article today, but this is about a man, who was executed 7 days ago, on November 20, 2003.

Most of this will be coppied from one of my sources.

Robert Lloyd Henry was excecuted for the murders of Carol Lea Arnold and her mother, Hazel Rumohr. He was excecuted by Lethal injection. Born on September 26, 1962 he was 41 years old when he was killed. He commited his crime on September 5, 1993 and was convicted and sentenced on November 14, 1994.

Summary of Crime and Events:
During the 1993 Labor Day weekend, Robert Lloyd Henry murdered 83-year-old Hazel Rumohr and her daughter, 57-year-old Carol Arnold, in their home at 1820 Portland Drive in Portland. Henry and Arnold's son had been good friends during their teenage years and Henry had regularly visited Arnold's home. Henry maintained contact with the victims through Christmas cards.

Between midnight and 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 1993, Henry entered the victims' home leaving no signs of forced entry. While there, he viciously beat and stabbed both Rumohr and Arnold to death. Rumohr, 83-years-old and physically frail due to age and health problems, suffered multiple stab wounds. In addition to the defense wounds on her hands and arms, Rumohr suffered stab wounds in the neck, back, and chest. The cause of her death was a slashing stab wound to the chest which began near her shoulder, continued through her chest cavity, and punctured her heart.

Henry stabbed and beat Arnold severely about the head and neck. The medical examiner described her face as "entirely bruised" and it was unrecognizable to her neighbor of two and one-half years who identified Arnold by her jewelry and clothing. A rope or cord was attached to Arnold's leg, indicating that Henry intended some sort of bondage. Arnold's cause of death was blunt trauma to the head and brain.

Two months after the murders, Henry walked into the Corpus Christi Police Department to turn himself in to an officer he knew and trusted, E.R. Frobish. Henry told Frobish, "I killed two people in Portland, and I want to turn myself in to you." Henry went on to make other confessions to the double murder, admitting he used a knife and had worn work boots with knobby soles. The soles of Henry's work boots matched bloody foot prints at the crime scene. Henry's oral confessions were substantiated by DNA evidence: Rumohr's blood was found in Henry's car, and Henry's blood was found on the victims' washing machine. The chances of the latter match were 1 in 10,000.

He was the: 62nd murderer executed in U.S. in 2003;
882nd murderer executed in U.S. since 1976;
22nd murderer executed in Texas in 2003; and the 311th murderer executed in Texas since 1976.

He did not request a final meal.

His final words were directed towards his family and friends. He mouthed the words "Bye-Bye. I Love You. Here I go."

He did a horrible thing, and got what he deserved. But I think he deserves a few brownie points for turning himself in.

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Dead guy of the day.. and the ways to die (part 3)

This one was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I forgot, so you get it today, and todays post is going to be used tomorow. =P

The Electric chair:

First invented to replace Hanging, the electric chair was invented in the late 1800s. New York State was the first state to legalize death by Electrocution, starting on January 1, 1889. Both Thomas Edison and his rival, George Westinghouse argued about how to electrocute a man, Edison was for direct current, while Westinghouse wanted an Alternating Current. Westinghouse got the contract because Edison hoped that his method would fail-he wanted to abolish the death penalty.

On August 6, 1890 George Kremmler walked into the death chamber, with 25 witnesses wearing his Sunday best. He sat in a normal chair, while the Warden made a small speech about the act about to take place. Kremmler's clothes were split in the back to allow access to the spine, so that the electrodes could be placed.

Kremmler then said to a deputy sheriff whom he had made friends with and said "Joe... don't let them experiment on me more then they ought to."

An electrode was then placed on Kremmler's head, and a mask was placed over his face. The Warden knocked on the wall where the executioner, Edwin Davis was. Davis pushed the button.

Kremmlers body lunged forward and his chest heaved as the electricity entered his body. The electricity was applied again because Kremmler still lived. The witnesses cried out in fear and horror. Electricity went through Kremmler again.

The Witnesses were horrified at the spectacle and demanded that the law allowing the executions by electricity be revoked. It didn't happen.

Later on, a protocol was created. And the prisoner was strapped into the chair. Then when time to kill him; a first jolt between 500 and 2000 volts is applied for 30 seconds. The body is allowed to relax. And if the victim is still alive, a second, and sometimes third current is applied.

Often during execution, the prisoner expels his bowels and the body swells. Steam or smoke can be seen rising from the body and one can smell the burning flesh. Eyeballs can pop and sizzle, this was often the case in a Chair in Florida that often messed up. The defective chair was nicknamed "Old Sparky".

Also the inmate can vomit, and urinate, and the skin can swell and split (like a sausage). The body, if touched by bare hands, can blister someone.

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November 25, 2003

Dead guy of the day.. and the ways to die (part 2)

And now Part two. The Firing Squad. An age old tradition and way to die. Its still offered in two states-Utah and Idaho. More in the extended entry.

George Kendall was one of the first people in the United States (back when we were just collonies) killed by a firing squad. The year was 1608 and Kendall was one of the original councilors for the new colony. The colony was my own, beloved, Virginia (gag me with a spoon).

When facing a firing squad, the victim has two forms of death. Either instant. Or slow. The way it works is simple. The victim sits in a chair-why do they always die sitting?-and is straped down. The gun men are asked to aim for the heart (clearly depicted by a piece of white fabric on the victims shirt). If all the shots hit the heart then it is a short death. If all the shots miss, the victim can die slowly of blood loss.

There is a myth that all but one man has a blank bullet. This is false because an experienced gunman knows he is shooting a blank by the recoil.

The first man condemed to die by firing squad, after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, was Gary Gilmore. He took over two minutes to die, even though all four bullets pieced his heart.

And as one final oddball fact. The inmate is surounded by Sandbags. So as to absorb the blood.

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November 24, 2003

Dead guy of the day.. and the ways to die (part 1)

Today in history, no man in Texas was legally executed. So to make up for that fact, I will do a story on the how of things. The different methods, the costs, a few famous last words, basic morbid stuff. This segment is on the Gas Chamber.

Speaking of morbid, Mom thinks the Dead Guy of the Day is too creepy. I almost agree, but then I don't. For a bit of background info about me, I am not religious. Not at all. I'm not Anti Religious, just anti-Rachael and Religion.
Heres Religion------------------------------------------------------------------------Heres me. Big gap.

But I do have a set of beliefs that I hold firm. I have to have them, other wise there is no point in living. Among my beliefs is the belief that all Dead should be remembered. Maybe not with a kind heart, but remembered all the same. You see if there is such a thing as a Soul, as I believe, I don't think it can stay intact with out someone remembering them. For example, lets take one of my convicts. Saturdays will be a good one, Bridge. Bridge may very well be in hell, good. But he will only remain in hell for as long as someone remembers him, and his deeds. Once he is forgotten, his soul will dissipate, and the 'Particles' (lack of a good word) will be used, with other particles, to form a new soul. Therefore whatever divine being creates souls will never run out and no one will have to go through what Rosemary did.

That is one thing that I believe. Call it odd. Call it crazy. Call it whatever you like. But its me. Its my Riffic. My thoughts. With out my own thoughts I wouldn't deserve the title Mookie Riffic. Because remember, a Riffic is a person with unique thoughts and philosophies, who could, if they put forth the effort, form a coherent organization-such as a religion. I don't have the desire or energy to create an organization, but I am a Riffic. I am Mookie Riffic. And nothing will change that.

Now onward my friends! In the extended entry you will find information about the various forms of Executions. Have fun.

The gas chamber was originally designed and thought of by D.A. Tuner as a more "Humane" way to kill some one.

Ironic? No?

Most gas chambers are Octagonal, and were made by the Eaton Metal Products-Based in Salt Lake City. Except Missouri. Theirs was made by someone else.

The way a gas chamber works is simple. The Inmate is strapped to a chair. Under the chair is a bowl of Sulfuric Acid and above the bowl is a bag-on a hook controlled by a lever outside the room-of cyanide powder or tablets. When the lever is pulled, the hook drops the bag into the acid and Cyanide Gas is created.

Once the prisoner starts breathing the gas-it takes a few seconds to take affect- the heart and lungs paralyze. The victim soon starts to become giddy and panicky as the body fights for air. A sever headache forms, followed by chest pains because breathing becomes impossible. The eyes then proceed to pop, the tongue swells, and the mouth produces thick saliva. The face becomes purple, and the victim dies. Humane? No.

After the convict is dead, a fan expels all poison from the chamber, and the corpse is sprayed with ammonia. After the detoxitaion process (wont go into details) the body is removed.

Gee Jon was the first condemned man killed by gas. It was 1924 in Nevada and the gas was poured into Jon's cell while he slept. The chamber was created after they realized the gas could leak out.

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November 22, 2003

Warren Eugene Bridge

Well today’s convict is Warren Bridge. What was his crime you ask? I'll say in just a moment. But for a bit of background info on Bridge, lets start at his place of Origin. He was born in 1960, on July 3rd in Fauquier County, VA. Now those of you that know me know that I live in VA, and ta-da, know exactly where Fauquier County is. Creepyness. By the way, all these creepy facts that I add in for these guys, aren’t done on purpose. Honest. It just happens that way.

Anyway. Bridge committed his main, and final (or not so final as he proves) offense on February 10, 1980. Where he, and an accomplice, shot a 62-year old convience store clerk. The man, Walter Rose, was shot four times while Bridge and his friend robbed the store. Rose died on February 24th, four days before Bridge and his friend were caught. The doctors say that Rose died of his wounds.

Bridge was sent to death row, while his accomplice, Robert Joseph Costa received 13 years in prison, but was released in '86 on parole.

After entering death row Bridge was accused of bombing another inmate's cell-September 1984, and of stabbing yet another inmate in March of '85. This guy was one tough cookie.

Speaking of Cookie, for his last meal he had a Double Meat Cheeseburger. He died on November 22, 1994.

RIP you sick S.O.B.

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November 21, 2003

Charlie Livingston

Born on Febuary 14, 1962 (how sweet.. Valentines day. Hehe. It gets better), Charlie Livingston was a 5 foot 8 inch black man. He worked in a wear house and he only had 10 years of education. On August 8th 1983 he waited outside a Grocery Store until a lone woman drove up. While inside he hid, and ambushed her as she was getting to her car. He attempted to steal her purse, and during the strugle, shot her twice in the the throat. He had been put on 10 years probation in 1979 after attempting to murder his former girl friend and new birthday, he stabbed them.

He killed the lady for her purse.

For his final meal, before dying on this day in '97, he had Ribs smothered in onions and gravy, rice with butter, ice water and Dr. Pepper.

And not to be creepy, but I have a friend named Livingston. Hehe. And if you notice the catagorie is now "Dead Guy Of The Day".

Heres the link I get this stuff from.

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November 19, 2003

James Wilkins

This info was found here. Via Dad.

Was born on July 29, 1961 and committed a crime serious enough to get put on death row on the day of December 27, 1986. He had a GED and was a cook. He had previously been in jail for robbery, but got out on parole. He was put on death row for the shooting of 28-year-old Richard Wood and 4-year-old Larry McMillian, Jr. The two victims were killed when they returned to their residence to find Wilkens inside. Wilkins was Sandra William's former boyfriend. Sandra was Larry's mother. Wilkins shot the little boy and Wood. When Sandra ran for help he shot her in her hip. She was 2 months pregnant at the time. She survived and identified Wilkins.

For Wilkins’s last meal he had: Six scrambled eggs, hash browns with onions, two sausage patties, biscuits with butter, two pints of strawberry cheesecake yogurt, two pitchers of sweet milk, and a pint of strawberry ice cream. He died on July 11, 2001.

Incedently enough that’s mom and Dad's anniversary.

As my friend said “Get some Therapy”

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