Dispatches: Execution Capital, U.S.A.

Execution Capital, U.S.A.

Old-timers in Huntsville, Texas, like to tell tales of public hangings and lynchings at the turn of the century and to reminisce about how, on execution nights at The Walls state prison, the lights would often flicker and dim across town, a signal that the electric chair on the hill was doing its work yet again. Whether these stories are apocryphal or not, the sentiment in favor of the death penalty remains overwhelming in Huntsville, even though many townspeople are uncomfortable with their community's distinction as the execution capital of the U.S. Last year the state of Texas put 17 murderers...

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