Top

blog

Stories

 

Reader: I witnessed an execution and it was the most disturbing moment of my life

lethal.injection.565x300.jpg
Our post about horribly botched executions, prompted by a lethal injection of convicted killer Joseph Rudolph Wood that dragged on for nearly two hours, inspired passionate responses from readers on the topic of capital punishment. Here the comment of someone speaking from personal experience.

See also: Joseph Wood's botched lethal injection joins list of executions gone horribly wrong

Valerie Cates writes:

Lethal injection was supposed to be a "humane execution." And although many of us agree that some of these men deserve no such treatment I have witnessed an execution and it was probably the most disturbing moment of my life. I felt like an accomplice to murder. Even if the person did something to my loved ones I had a terrible time seeing him die. And to have it botched like this, I am not sure any human could have the ability to watch such a thing and be okay with themselves. Now I am probably wrong on that point because there are some pretty angry people out there but I know in my heart that I was not okay with what I saw and it was above board.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
17 comments
Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

no one forced her to watch. but so what he's dead he paid for what he did. Move on and patch up that bleeding heart.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

So the bottom line here. I witnessed what is considered a normal, unbotched execution with the family of the inmate, his victims' family, law enforcement official, health providers. I was required to be there because I fit into one of the several groups that are needed as witness to an execution. When it got underway, even the victims were questioning the execution and leaned over to ask me if I thought that "got right by the Lord" so she could pray fo his pain to go away. Watching people die is not easy nor is it fun to watch. And, if you ask many of the victims's families' as to whether or not that inmates death gave them peace or a sense of closure and you will overwhelming hear "no". So why do we keep doing this? To save money? For everyone guy that gets executed another 30-40 take his place.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

So here's the thing. I watched the prisoner's death as a part of the professional team. It was something that the Warden has us do to "harden us up". I never felt like it was going to be wonderful. I have seen people die many times before but I certainly had hoped it would be more peaceful given the golden magical cocktail that had been given. And thanks for making the choice to read this and now my comments because it make me clears some things up.

Deena Duncan
Deena Duncan

Can't read this. I make a point of never reading about convicted killers unless their crimes are mentioned prominently in the first paragraph. What happened, who they killed, how they murdered their victims, the names of the murdered, etc. If the victims aren't important to you, why should the murderer be important to anyone else? Because otherwise, it seems like you're just glossing over vicious murderers and don't care about the victims because they don't fit your narrative. Like this time.

sballardo672
sballardo672

Wonder what it would have been like to see his victims die. 

Shane Kennedy
Shane Kennedy

Westword has the most crap writing and reporting. They find someone else's article copy and paste it and have a 12 year old write and opening paragraph.

Michael Munoz
Michael Munoz

So she volunteered to watch someone die and then realized it's not roses and fairies and inmates drifting offs into a peaceful eternal slumber...that inmate made their choices and they suffered the consequences of those choices...as did she

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Hope you don't get caught stealing...or cause a serious bodily injury in an accident.

DerpMcDerpington
DerpMcDerpington

Most disturbing moment?  This guy has obviously never seen John Lequizamo's "The Pest."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... makes the whole world blind

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...