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Gruesome Spectacles : Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty / Austin Sarat.

Author/Creator:
Sarat, Austin, author., Author,
Publication:
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (288 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Capital punishment -- United States -- History.
Executions and executioners -- United States -- History.
Local subjects:
botched executions. (search)
death penalty. (search)
electrocution. (search)
executions. (search)
gas chamber. (search)
hanging. (search)
lethal injection. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Gruesome Spectacles tells the sobering history of botched, mismanaged, and painful executions in the U.S. from 1890 to the present. Since the book's initial publication in 2014, the cruel and unusual executions of a number of people on death row, including Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma and Joseph Wood in Arizona, have made headlines and renewed vigorous debate surrounding the death penalty in America. Austin Sarat's book instantly became an essential resource for citizens, scholars, and lawmakers interested in capital punishment-even the Supreme Court, which cited the book in its recent opinion, Glossip volume Gross. Now in paperback, the book includes a new preface outlining the latest twists and turns in the death penalty debate, including the recent galvanization of citizens and leaders alike as recent botched executions have unfolded in the press. Sarat argues that unlike in the past, today's botched executions seem less like inexplicable mishaps and more like the latest symptoms of a death penalty machinery in disarray. Gruesome Spectacles traces the historical evolution of methods of execution, from hanging or firing squad to electrocution to gas and lethal injection. Even though each of these technologies was developed to "perfect" state killing by decreasing the chance of a cruel death, an estimated three percent of all American executions went awry in one way or another. Sarat recounts the gripping and truly gruesome stories of some of these deaths-stories obscured by history and to some extent, the popular press.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
CHAPTER 1. The Mere Extinguishment of Life?
CHAPTER 2. A Clumsy, Inefficient, Inhuman Thing
CHAPTER 3. When Science Fails
CHAPTER 4. A Short and Unhappy History
CHAPTER 5. "How Enviable a Quiet Death"
CHAPTER 6. Botched Executions and the Struggle to End Capital Punishment
Appendix A. Numbers of Botched Executions by Time Period and Method of Execution
Appendix B. Botched Executions from 1890 to 2010
Acknowledgments
A Note on Collaboration
Notes
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780804791724
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780804791724 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.