OK Execution Takes Forty Minutes

So what?

A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail of drugs administered in a lethal injection on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma prison officials halted Clayton Lockett's execution after the experimental drug left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.

The 38-year-old, who was found guilty of shooting a woman and watching his friends bury her alive, was declared unconscious ten minutes after the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered.

Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.

It later emerged his vein had ruptured.

This animal twice shot a young woman and then buried her alive. How long did it take for her to die? According to the other victims, the entire ordeal took hours.

So, cry me a river. Even after forty minutes of "writhing in agony," Lockett got off too easy.

Posted by: DMartyr at 10:18 AM


1 Oh, NOES!! A piece of murderous filth suffered when it was properly executed?? *sniffle, sniffle*

Posted by: MtTB at April 30, 2014 10:24 AM

2 Greetings:

Somehow or other, that "burying alive" bit fails to make most of the almost sympathetic news coverage.

As does the duplicity of those who campaigned so relentlessly to end gas chambers and electric chairs in favor of (somewhat) lethal injections only to then pressure the drug manufacturers into withholding the drugs from the various governments in the hope of monkey-wrenching that process to death also.

Posted by: 11B40 at April 30, 2014 10:33 AM

3 We know how to kill quickly and humanely. I agree that the people who have insisted on newer, kinder procedures are lying hypocrites. They don't mind causing the extra pain they deplore to some human being, provided it serves a larger issue.

People who sacrifice other people for something as trivial as a "larger issue" do great evil in this world.

Posted by: Valerie at April 30, 2014 10:38 AM

4 Most of the filth that are so "outraged" over this monster requiring less than an hour to die could give a flying fig about innocent fetuses being born alive during botched late term abortions. I mean, it's a woman's choice and all.

Posted by: WVinMN at April 30, 2014 10:56 AM

5 I too agree. He got off way too easy. The state doesn't carry the sword for nothing.

Posted by: grego at April 30, 2014 11:27 AM

6 I love the headlines:

"Botched execution kills death row inmate"

...as if he would have survived otherwise.

"VA System kills 40 vets" - Media response: "Meh..."

"Death Row Inmate Dies" - Media response: "OUTRAGE!!!"

Posted by: Tyler at April 30, 2014 11:34 AM

7 Defenestration is foolproof and effective.

Posted by: dc at April 30, 2014 11:53 AM

8 So... The subject of the proceedings expired... Result... Successful Execution... NEXT

Posted by: Thor's Hammer at April 30, 2014 12:09 PM

9 Those soft "pops" you are hearing?
Outraged progressive heads exploding.

Posted by: Kafiroon at April 30, 2014 12:21 PM

10 Torture should not be a part of capital punishment, regardless of how much the perp deserves it. We are not monsters.

Give the perp an easily administered lethal subcutaneous morphine dose, and then hang him five minutes later.

End of problem.

Posted by: Kristophr at April 30, 2014 01:27 PM

11 The chicago paper say there was rape and robbery too.
The best punishment is to make them unconscious, skin them alive, them let then pain wake them up.

Yes, I AM brutal, but he deserves no less!

Posted by: Phil at April 30, 2014 01:28 PM

12 Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. He should have died the SAME WAY HIS VICTIMS DID!!! KILL ALL TERRORISTS!!!

Posted by: JusCruzn at April 30, 2014 01:52 PM

13 Paybacks can be a bitch.

Posted by: Bubbe at April 30, 2014 02:15 PM

14 I think the Only fair judge of his "suffering" is his Victims.

Posted by: Kafiroon at April 30, 2014 03:22 PM

15 They say they ran out of the three drugs needed to kill a person.

Jeepers, Alabama, go down to any local veterinarian and get thirty CCs of Somalethe. That'll shut down an elephant and it's Right There in town.

Or inject him with lead. Semi-jacketed lead. Put an ad in the gorram newspaper for someone willing to shoot the bastard for a fee of $40.

Also, there's this thing they do with a rope. I charge $40 for that, too.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at April 30, 2014 03:37 PM

16 And just WHY are they having to find new drugs to do this with and having problems with THAT? Why it is because of lawsuits from Capital Punishment opponents. So at the end of the day, those who OPPOSE the death penalty helped kill this guy more slowly that it should have happened. Karma is a bitch sometimes!

Posted by: Frustrated Teacher at April 30, 2014 03:38 PM

17 I wish we had the courage and decency to execute murderers in the UK instead of sheltering and feeding them and keeping them entertained lest they get stroppy all at the cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the already overburdened taxpayer.

They don't even get life sentences here. Our very worst criminals might get 25 years, maybe, minus time served and of course they inevitably get out after only serving half that time because they were ever so good in prison.

Posted by: STV at April 30, 2014 04:21 PM

18 Wouldn't a botched execution result in a survivor?
He's dead, ergo, he had a longer that expected execution, or, a poorly executed execution...

Posted by: Don at April 30, 2014 06:05 PM

19 Shouldn't they have some kind of backup when they perform an execution, like in the old days? A pistol ready for a "coup de grāce" in case option A fails.

Posted by: Arawak at April 30, 2014 07:44 PM

20 I agree with everything in this post. However, I still think the system has to come up with a more humane way to execute a guy. But I'd save that belief for a separate, independent, blog post.

Posted by: Bobby at April 30, 2014 08:45 PM

21 I've been told that there were those who thought the guillotine was too humane when it was first invented. But that would be barbaric by today's standards, wouldn't it?

I think death row inmates should be given a list of execution methods to choose from.

@10: Why couldn't they execute by morphine overdose? Painless by definition, isn't it?

Posted by: Jedi Master Ivyan at April 30, 2014 10:49 PM

22 My give-a-shit meter isn't budging. Maybe it needs more batteries.

As for humane ways to deal with rapists who bury their victims alive... What Would Hammurabi Do?

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at May 01, 2014 12:03 AM

23 @Booby..." I still think the system has to come up with a more humane way to execute a guy"

States had various cocktails that worked reliably then the anti-capital punishment crowd browbeat the drug manufacturers into NOT selling their product to the states. Then the states had to make new cocktails (that aren't as effective) with the occasional bad results and these "botched" execution are EXACTLY the bad press that the antis want to generate sympathy. The states should just go back to a firing squads or hangings. (although I'd be OK with a wood chipper)

Posted by: james Doesky at May 01, 2014 08:14 AM

24 It's not so much his heinous crime of raping and shooting and burying a young defenseless girl alive as it is a black man being executed by a racist white oppressive society. Even the White House paused to give sympathy to the killer.

Posted by: jack at May 01, 2014 09:11 AM

25 The governor's statement said something about a safe execution protocol. Isn't that something of an oxymoron? I don't think any procedure that is intended to result in death can be classified as "safe". Humane, maybe, but not safe. And as a civilized country, we owe it to ourselves to treat even condemned criminals humanely, even when our visceral reaction is that they don't deserve it.

Posted by: Michael Moon at May 01, 2014 11:18 AM

26 If an OK execution takes 40 minutes, how long does an awesome execution take?

Posted by: Xavier at May 01, 2014 07:56 PM

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