Death-Dealing Syringes

Charlie Brooks walked into the execution chamber, stretched out on the hospital gurney, and a catheter needle was inserted into a vein in each of his arms. Into the left (on which Brooks had a tattoo reading I WAS BORN TO DIE) would come the drugs; the right catheter was a standby. Extending from each needle was a length of clear plastic tubing that ran through a plywood slat to the executioner's room next door, and there into a standard hospital bag of saline solution.

For about half an hour, only the solution, consisting of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!