Saturday, May 29, 2010

Last Words of the Executed


By the 1930s the noose had been largely replaced as a method of
capital punishment by the gas chamber and the electric chair. But
as late as 1996 it was in use in Delaware. Billy Bailey was convicted
of the 1979 murder of Gilbert and Clara Lambertson, though he
claimed until his death that he did not remember shooting the el-
derly couple because he had been drinking heavily that day.

Delaware constructed a fifteen-foot-high gallows specifically for Bailey’s
execution. Bailey had chosen hanging over lethal execution be-
cause, he said, “the law is the law.” OFFICIAL SITE