Look at this graph of U.S. execution methods since 1776

Lethal Injection Gurney

From here, and kind of nuts: as you can see below, there are essentially five methods by which the United States has ever killed someone (in an execution sense, at least): Hanging Firing Squad Electrocution Gas Chamber Lethal Injection Regardless… Continue Reading


Michelle Byrom was supposed to be the first woman executed in Mississippi in 70 years. Now she may walk free. What happened?

There may be a gender bias in who we execute in the United States, and this story out of Mississippi may well underscore that as well. Here are the basics of her case: her husband, who had been abusive, was murdered… Continue Reading


Suzanne Basso, executed last night in Texas, is only the 14th woman executed since 1976. Does that mean anything?

Suzanne Basso was executed last night in Texas — by lethal injection, but not by the trial version of lethal injection — thus becoming the 14th woman executed since 1976, and only the fourth since 2002 (about 12 years), three of those… Continue Reading


The untested execution of Dennis McGuire in Ohio can be viewed through a couple of different lenses

You may have heard this story a little bit this week: in Ohio, a man named Dennis McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and murder of a pregnant newlywed named Joy Stewart (you can find a little more about… Continue Reading