There was the hum again, and the body reeled again. Five-inch flames quickly burned from the left side of the shroud, and smaller ones burned to the right. It was
There was the hum again, and the body
reeled again. Five-inch flames quickly
burned from the left side of the shroud, and
smaller ones burned to the right. It was
The hum was gone again, perhaps in 30
now part of the fist.
heartbeat. After a pause, one prison doctor,
then another, checked for the inmate's pulse
But the body did not relax this
The little finger on the left hand was
There was no breathing or visible
At 7:13 a.m., Frank Kilgo, the prison's
chief health officer, spoke in Barton's
Then Davis walked ..
and so :
entering the Witness Room, I took a seat in
the center of the second row, immediately
behind Mr. Rankin Brown. The inmate (Jessie
Tafero) was escorted into the Death Chamber
and was secured into the chair. He gave a
brief statement and the final restraints were
applied. The order was given to carry out
the final sentence.
As the electric current was flowing, a
It extended approximately twelve
blue-orange flame appeared from both sides of
inches on both sides. When the power
stopped, the flames disappeared. I observed
what appeared to be deep breaths taken by
Tafero and, after a few seconds, another
charge was given.
When the power was started again, the
flames reappeared. I observed movement by
the right index finger of Tafero and, after
the power stopped, the flames disappeared.
Once again, I observed what appeared to be a
couple of deep breaths from Tafero.
power was administered the third time and,
once again, the appearance of the flames.
When the power ended, so did the flames. A
cloud of smoke filled the upper space of the
Chamber after each power surge. The head
attachment appeared to be leaning slightly to
the inmate's left. The two Medical staff
checked for pulse and at 7:13 a.m., Tafero
was pronounced dead.
We were ordered to depart the Execution
(Affidavit of Gary L. McLain, Deputy Inspector General)