Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Tonight's execution in Missouri could go horribly wrong




By the afternoon of March 21st, 1996, Russell Bucklew was in a jealous rage. The 27-year-old stole two pistols, two sets of handcuffs, and a roll of Duct tape and headed to the trailer where his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s children were staying. Bucklew shot the boyfriend, killing him. Then he fired a shot at one of the children — fortunately missing the boy — before kidnapping his ex, driving away with her, and raping her. At trial a year later he would argue that his eventual confession to investigators was unfairly coerced. But he would never deny that he did what he was convicted of — and sentenced to death for doing. As his lawyer told The Verge this morning, "Mr. Bucklew has always accepted the...
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