Lethal injectionBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6943.1575 (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1575
- G Dunea
At midday after the execution the sky turned black and the sun, eclipsed by the moon, became a slender blazing crescent, assuredly a portentous omen. During the night groups of rowdy young people had gathered outside the prison, carrying placards, heckling, and arguing vehemently both sides of the question. The condemned man had spent the day smoking cigars, huddling with lawyers, then going to mass and having his last meal. At the appointed hour of midnight there was a slight hitch when the pancuronium and pentothal precipitated in the tubing, requiring the needle to be replaced. About 10 minutes later the notorious John Gacy went quietly to his last sleep.
I remember seeing him at the hospital in the …