Cover Illustration, Penn Gazette
A botched lethal injection execution is repulsive, nauseating, and torturous.
Originally I didnât think I could get away with death on this cover, but didnât want to back away from the weight of the topic.Â To me, time was an interesting themeÂ through this whole piece: Time it takes for lethal injection to work (or not work!), time to do the research, lookingÂ back in timeÂ to the first executions, looking ahead to the future, so on and so on.
But sometimes a story is worth more than a metaphor. This one was. Simply put, I wanted to force the moral issue of executions and their frequent mishandling in your face. The cringing hand grasping for life as the poison pumps into his vein, the medical personnel taking his pulse as if to say ââ¦has it worked yet?â How Gruesome, and yet, these executions continue. Just last week one took place in Oklahoma. The manâs last words were âmy body is on fireâ.
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