Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

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Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

Old Sparky The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty In early Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair a peculiarly American execution method Shouting Pog mo thin Kiss my ass in Gaelic he grinned electricity shot through his

  • Title: Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty
  • Author: AnthonyGalvin
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  • Page: 443
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  • In early 2013, Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution method Shouting Pog mo thin Kiss my ass in Gaelic he grinned electricity shot through his system When the current was switched off his body slumped against the leather restraints, and Gleeson, who had strangled two fellow inmates to ensure his execution was nIn early 2013, Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution method Shouting Pog mo thin Kiss my ass in Gaelic he grinned electricity shot through his system When the current was switched off his body slumped against the leather restraints, and Gleeson, who had strangled two fellow inmates to ensure his execution was not postponed, was dead The execution had gone flawlessly not a guaranteed result with the electric chair, which has gone horrifically wrong on many occasions.Old Sparky covers the history of capital punishment in America and the current wars between Edison and Westinghouse which led to the development of the electric chair It examines how the electric chair became the most popular method of execution in America, before being superseded by lethal injection Famous executions are explored, alongside quirky last meals and poignant last words.The death penalty remains a hot topic of debate in America, and Old Sparky does not shy away from that controversy Executions have gone spectacularly wrong, with convicts being set alight, and needing up to five jolts of electricity before dying There have been terrible miscarriages of justice, and the death penalty has not been applied even handedly Historically, African Americans, the mentally challenged, and poor defendants have been likely to get the chair, an anomaly which led the Supreme Court to briefly suspend the death penalty Since the resumption of capital punishment in 1976 Texas alone has executed than 500 prisoners, and death row is full.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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    1. Garrett on said:

      Not a bad book, but not a good one, either. Galvin's crime writer background (as indicated by the bookjacket interior) shows itself on every other page with ham-fisted attempts to inject levity into stories about criminality and death and the occasional sprinkling of the word "punk" into the narrative. The structure is repetitious and flat, but the subject matter itself is juicy and well-researched enough to mostly keep you reading.Finally: Galvin? Writes a book about the electric chair? Really? [...]

    2. Nicola Mansfield on said:

      An engrossing read from start to finish. The book narrows down its focus quite quickly but does start broadly to illustrate how the author arrives at his premise. Starting with worldwide execution methods throughout history, Galvin quickly travels through medieval and renaissance Europe, then particularly Britain from whence the colonists brought their preferred execution styles with them to the new world. For most of Britain and it's colonies, hanging became the civilized method and was used al [...]

    3. Clifton McLendon on said:

      A Gallimaufry of Bleeding-heart Knee-jerk Liberal Bleat!I expected a scholarly dissertation on the development and history of the electric chair -- a physics/history book filled with facts and entirely devoid of opinion.What I received was unmitigated bleat, mingled with history -- a book devoted to the sanctimonious bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal criminal-coddling pantywaist wail of "Oh, the poor unfortunate misunderstood criminals! Don't punish them -- sympathize with them. Never mind the vi [...]

    4. TJL on said:

      07/11/2017I'm actually still in the process of reading this, but I'm starting to get a bit uneasy about the historical facts presented here.Like, for instance, the bit on Margaret Pole's execution: I've looked a lot of places for information to back this up, but so far I've only seen one internet source claiming that she jumped up and tried to run after the executioner hit her shoulders- and apparently there weren't many people at her execution at all, so I don't see how she could have "run into [...]

    5. Janet on said:

      Galvin mostly focuses on the history of the electric chair, with careful notes about alternatives such as the garrotte, the Guillotine, and (my personal least favorite) the just-as-bad-as-it-sounds “shot out of a cannon.” I had no idea that, until well into the 20th century, death by firing squad or hanging were still viable options for the condemned.

    6. Lacey Conrad on said:

      I find it horrifying that the federal government says it is constitutional for innocent people to be executed if they have been found guilty in a fair trial, despite whatever new evidence comes to light. I am still rather torn on the death penalty, but this book was really informative and certainly leaves me able to form an educated opinion.

    7. Joe on said:

      Interesting book and pretty well researched. However, I wish the author would have enlisted the assistance of someone with an electrical engineering background; there were a couple of factual errors early in the book. The author is clearly against the death penalty but made a decent attempt to not make that overly obvious.

    8. B.A. East on said:

      My copy of Old Sparky—The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty arrived the day after a federal jury ended 14 hours of deliberation during which they concluded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserved death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.This was no accident. I requested the copy as a means of examining my feelings about the sentence, and my views on capital punishment more generally. Wrong or right? If right, then how to proceed? Is there any way to ensure that intention [...]

    9. Deborah Farrow on said:

      Well writtenThis book was very interesting, and informative. I didn't know a lot about the history of the electric chair. It was well written.

    10. Susan on said:

      Multiple typos, inaccuracies and extremely poor editing. Don't waste your time.

    11. Catherine Wetzel on said:

      Interesting history of how the electric chair came about and those whom it was used on. Especially how it affect the death penalty through the years

    12. William Howle on said:

      It was more interesting than I expected. It gives you pause to think about how many people have been executed that were innocent. The review of all the methods through the ages was interesting. When you read history, so many people of various ages were hanged for minor crimes. We can hope with the advent of DNA testing, that innocent people may be saved.

    13. Nefertari on said:

      Interesting, gruesome, and not without some problems.First off, while it's ostensibly about the electric chair as a form of execution in the United States, the author covers more than a few different forms of execution in other chapters. This is a book that wants to be about the electric chair (and does give some lip service on its origins in the first part of the book), but instead is a book-long meditation on capital punishment in the US - its history, methods, who was likely guilty and who wa [...]

    14. Anna Gallegos on said:

      This is an interesting book with some gory details about botched executions, but not enough to make the reader lose sleep. Anthony Galvin - a former crime writer - presents a neat little history of how the electric chair came into use as a means of "humane execution" in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. It's a fairly quick read with information that would be useful during pub trivia. Galvin doesn't advocate for or against the death penalty asides from stating that the use of the [...]

    15. Matt on said:

      A pleasant surprise. Galvin tracks the arc of capital punishment and the uniquely American history of the electric chair. He highlights early spats between Edison and Westinghouse, electrocuted elephants, and relates the specifics of the most (in)famous criminals to ever receive 2,000 volts.As the book winds down he relates how the chair has been made obsolete with the rise of lethal injections. He then makes a clear pitch for the abolition of the death penalty based mostly on the evolution of s [...]

    16. Sue on said:

      We're not stupid, you know. This is not such a big deal that the editor / author can't get the details right.Right off, in the Introduction -- huge error on time of death for Robert Gleason. Page xi, second paragraph states "At 9:03 a.m the chamber . . ." Then bla bla bla, two cycles, seconds and minutes tick by, and then on page xii, the doctor pronounced him dead at "nine minutes past eight." And then it says the whole process had taken five minutes.Hello? That's 8:09. AM or PM.Come to find [...]

    17. Connie L. Meyers on said:

      Very InformativeThe average person has no knowledge of what goes into performing a death sentence. This book explains all that it involves, including objections to the death penalty and the law that makes it possible. The worst is you can be innocent, wrongly convicted and still die. Very informative.

    18. Bill Yardley on said:

      InformativeThis well-researched book was informative and attempted, in my opinion, was intended to dissuade the reader from supporting the death penalty. However, as a former police officer, it did not change my view. I firmly believe that criminals, with the possibility of the death penalty hanging over their head, will think twice before killing someone.

    19. Anthony Ambruso on said:

      ShockingThis was an interesting history told in a sometimes light-hearted manner. I think the facts were presented in a dispassionate tone. I look forward to the day when the U.S. no longer executes criminals.

    20. Lisa Stethem on said:

      Very interesting read. Peaked my morbid curiosity with the tales of botched executions. Does not go for or against the death penalty just gives facts. Gives back stories of famous visitors to Old Sparky. I enjoyed it

    21. Lionel Geis on said:

      Not badMore about eliminating the death than an in depth history. A few chapters seem to be thrown in to fill things out. Three stars simply because it does cover the early years of "old sparky".

    22. Amanda on said:

      this book taught me a lot of things I didn't know bit was very interested in. things about the united states' history of capital punishment, including currently being in an evolving world that's trying to get rid of it elsewhere. simple read at times, but still good. would recommend.

    23. Bryan Ericson on said:

      This is a well written book that documents the history of the electric chair

    24. Chris Rutledge on said:

      An interesting overview of capital punishment, but pretty poorly written.

    25. Wendi on said:

      Surprising what kind of thinking went (and currently goes) into the use of the electric chair. Quite a history!

    26. Tracy Morton on said:

      A fascinating look at the death penalty around the world with a focus on America. I couldn't put it down.

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