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5 Reasons Missouri Should Use the Guillotine, Not Lethal Injection

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Missouri's been having a hard time deciding how to kill people.

When the European Union caught Missouri using their drug to execute death-row prisoners, the continent threw a fit, threatening to withhold a widely used pain medication from the U.S. Officials delayed scheduled executions and went hunting for a new drug, finally landing on penobarbital, which means dealing with barely regulated, sketchy pharmacies protected by law from being named in public.

The first to face the new drug is Joseph Franklin, sentenced to death for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in a 1977 sniper attack outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue. Franklin will be executed at midnight Wednesday morning (Tuesday night).

See also: Joseph Franklin, Serial Killer Who Shot Larry Flynt, Gets Execution Date in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon denied clemency to Franklin Monday afternoon, calling his crimes "merciless acts of violence, fueled by hate."

Hustler magazine's Larry Flynt, who is paralyzed because one of Franklin's bullets went through his spine, has asked repeatedly to stop his would-be killer's execution because of the secrecy surrounding the execution process.

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Joseph Franklin
"Until the death penalty is abolished, the public has a right to know the details about how the state plans to execute people on its behalf," Flynt says.

See also: Hustler Founder Larry Flynt to Missouri: Don't Execute Joseph Franklin

Polls show public support for capital punishment has reached an all-time low, especially as the secrecy and confusion over execution drugs and protocols increase.

That's why -- and hang in there with us for a minute -- Missouri should consider the guillotine, the decapitation machine that grew to fame in 1790s France -- instead of an untested drug cocktail for tonight's execution.

Read our five reasons after the jump.

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Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

So... you're saying that everybody that kills should be allowed to run free - so your mother might be their next victim? Go ahead. Do this homework: You can pull up most - if not all - lists of convicts (especially death row inmates, etc) for each state on-line. With a little searching (very little, in fact), it isn't too difficult to find their rap sheets. (I did this once for every death row inmate in Mississippi. Out of THIS list, *2* inmates had no prior record. The rest had rap sheets that started with petty crimes, getting worse and worse after every release until they killed one or several people. (Internet searches will return court documents that list ALL of their crimes, and in dirty detail!) **I do not want my tax dollars paying for these people to live. Therefore, they should die. Period. And they will die. Period. The law of the land shall, on one way or another - prevail.*** Here are a few names for you to start your search. Their stories will astound you. If their victims were your relatives, you'd be singing a different song. If you are not singing a different song, you would and should owe your (dead - murdered) relatives an apology. They deserve better. http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us/death_row_inmates.htm

Bill Passfield
Bill Passfield

I can't prove or disprove the guillotine conspiracy, all I know there is evidence the guillotine has been considered for executions in 1996 in the US, Georgia State. That is fact!

Bill Passfield
Bill Passfield

No, I am not kidding anyone. Just putting out my thoughts on what I make of everything I've been seeing the past years. I have not the scarcest doubt there are EVIL people running our world with malevolent intent.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Justice system? I think it's more like a legal system.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I understand the sentiment but it is flawed in execution. Not all who have been executed were guilty. Not all who are currently imprisoned were rightly accused. Flaws are inherent and the wrongly accused can eventually be exonerated but death is irreversible.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

They're one piece of a problem-plagued system.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

That's why we leave it up to a jury of one's peers

Bill Passfield
Bill Passfield

This is all getting a bit scary for me. I've had several horrific nightmares involving guillotines over the past decade - long before the guillotine rumors had started.

Bill Passfield
Bill Passfield

What better way to introduce the mechanism for mass beheading of Christians than through a supposed humane death sentence for supposed criminals on death row? This article in my view gives more credibility to the rumors of thousands of guillotines reported to have been shipped to America's FEMA camps!!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

1) Sodium thiopental or pentobarbital: A drug to render the criminal unconscious. followed by: 2) Pancuronium bromide: A drug to paralyze the criminal's muscles. followed by: 3) Potassium chloride: stops the heart, and thus causes death by cardiac arrest. 3 drugs. How difficult is that?

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

I'm a huge fan of the 'eye for an eye' thing. If this man would have killed one of YOUR relatives, this matter would immediately be personal to you. If his victim (Mr. Gerald Gordon) was your relative, you would, indeed think differenty On the flip side of the coin, TWO famous serial killers are my first cousins. I didn't say "distant" cousins. I said "FIRST" cousins. One was stabbed to death in a Mississippi prison in 1999 (he killed 70 people), and the other died from hear failure in prison (he was charged in 11 deaths, but confessed to over 600 with accurate and viable details that only he would have known.) I firmly believed that both of my cousins deserved to die for their crimes, and neither of them should have been allowed to leave this earth as easily as they did. I believe they should have died the same way their victims died.

Rebecca Clendenen
Rebecca Clendenen

I'm always amazed that the people who advocate for the death penalty are the same people that advocate against big government. Anyone else see the contradiction between giving government the power to punish (vs. contain threats to society) and restricting it in every other power?

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

We should be able to opt for the firing squad, drowning in the Mississippi or old sparky. Anything but this chemical cocktail IV. Or wait, why don't we just abolish the death penalty?

Rachel Sperry
Rachel Sperry

I thought the date was set for tomorrow... November 20th

Trenton Galetti
Trenton Galetti

I heard this guy on Romanik's show today. He admitted to killing 22 people, mostly because of their race or approval of interracial relationships. He also robbed a dozen banks. If anyone right now with a pulse deserves to die, it's this guy.

Tania Novak
Tania Novak

I have no problem with capital punishment, nor that this could be a long drawn out painful death, as it really should be after all these murders/child molesters/rapiest/etc don't deserve a blissful quick death. They need to feel the paid they caused those around them. However, I do wish they could use their body for donation to help others live. As far as needing a medical Dr. to kill them, sounds like Dr. Kevorkian would have come in real handy too bad they put him in jail for assisting in the death of others and then later he died himself.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

I'm a fan of firing squads. Nothing says "Goin' out like a man" like staring down half a dozen rifles.

Kathy Jamison
Kathy Jamison

If there is no reasonable doubt that he is guilty, his time is over!!! Take him out!!!!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I don't trust our justice system enough to believe that the government can accurately decide who deserves to live or die.

Susan
Susan

This malcreant, Franklin, is a cold blooded death machine. He is the very definition of a multiple murdering psychopath.

I am all in favor of letting any bleeding heart "comfort" him in his final hours by letting the weepy authors of these articles spend a final night with him ...  alone , in a dark locked basement.

A last meal of fava beans and Chianti would make Franklin comfortable & happy (with a side order of a tender weepy, bleeding-heart author) ?

12judges
12judges

Ok RFT...sure.  Let's use a guillotine.  Or firing squad.  Or propofol or penobarbitol.  Or pretty much anything that ensures this oxygen thief goes 6 feet under.  Just so long as he does die.  That's pretty much all I care about.

But I won't concede to those who scream bloody murder over method because they really object to capital punishment.  See...that's what they really want.  And that's what I and the majority of Americans won't give them.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Examining the murder, child abuse, and animal abuse stories from St. Louis this year ... apparently the State would be better served to chain this racist serial killer to a lamp post on Martin Luther King Blvd for a weekend of thug "knock-out" games and general drive-by violent reprisals.

Dress him as an innocent child, or a dog, and he will get lit on fire,  maimed, and disfigured before he is "executed".

Blood all over our streets and some folks crying about how to give "wimp justice" to a mass murder.



jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Bill Passfield Oh goody a nutjob weighs in. You are not by chance related to ed golterman are you bill?

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