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Electric Chair

 

a chair specially equipped for carrying out death sentences by means of a high-voltage electric current. The electric chair is used in 24 states in the USA and in the Philippines. In the USA, the electric chair was introduced in 1899 as the “most humane and easiest” means of effecting capital punishment. It was first used Aug. 6, 1890, at Auburn State Prison in New York. Claims that this form of execution is painless and instantaneous and therefore “humane” have no basis in reality.

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Among the images are this woman's foot perched in a towering stiletto-heeled shoe, the bones sharply angled, skeletal hands typing over the delicate circuitry of a laptop computer (below right), and an electric chair (below left), wreathed in sinister coils of wire.
Costing about pounds 2,500, the electric chair meant that when he started school in September, he could glide around classrooms and corridors, adapting it to every situation.
With the gas chamber, hanging, shooting or the electric chair, the murderers were always awake and aware of what was going on, just as most of their victims were.
MERV RETTEMUND, former Baltimore Oriole, when asked which he'd rather face, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer or Tom Seaver: "That's like asking if I'd rather be hung or go to the electric chair.
The article proceeded to compare the output of the Taser X26 to that of an electric chair, stating the output of the Taser system is more than 100 times that of the electric chair, when, officials point out, the Taser system's average current is 1,000 times less than that of the electric chair.
Leon Czolgosz arrived in America in his mother's womb in 1873 and left America in the electric chair in 1901 after assassinating President William McKinley at the Temple of Music exhibition in Buffalo during the Pan American Exposition.
The article proceeded to compare the output of the TASER X26 to that of an electric chair, stating the output of the TASER system is more than 100 times that of the electric chair, when in fact the TASER system's average current is 1,000 times LESS than that of the electric chair.
Nor does she attain it when she's in Buffalo thinking about the way the city was lit up for McKinley's visit to the Pan American Exposition, "and all that beauty was made possible because George Westinghouse of Buffalo harnessed Niagara Falls into his alternating current, the same current that would soon be used to fry Leon Czolgosz in the electric chair.
He said the internationally infamous prison, which was the site of the nation's first electric chair and a favorite subject of Hollywood in the '20s and '30s, was ideally located on the river where ferry boats could deliver visitors.
Accused of the murder of a night watchman, he suffered a trial riddled with greed and corruption that sentenced him to death in an electric chair.
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