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Old Sparky

Author : Anthony Galvin
ISBN : 9781510711358
Genre : History
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A shocking exploration of America’s preferred method of capital punishment. In early 2013, Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution method. Shouting Póg mo thóin (“Kiss my ass” in Gaelic), he grinned as 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 that 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 It examines how the electric chair became the most popular method of execution in America before being superseded by lethal injection.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 or 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 more than five hundred 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 more. 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.

Old Sparky

Author : Anthony Galvin
ISBN : 1510711333
Genre : History
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A New York Times Bestseller A shocking exploration of America’s preferred method of capital punishment. In early 2013, Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution method. Shouting P�g mo th�in ("Kiss my ass” in Gaelic), he grinned as 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 that 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 or 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 more than five hundred 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 more. 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.

The Green Mile

Author : Stephen King
ISBN : 9783641053420
Genre : Fiction
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Die letzte Hinrichtung »The Green Mile« – so nennt sich der Todestrakt des Staatsgefängnisses Cold Mountain. John Coffey wurde zum Tode verurteilt, weil er zwei Mädchen missbraucht und ermordet haben soll. Dem Hünen wohnt aber auch eine übernatürliche Kraft inne ... Kann ein Mörder zugleich ein begnadeter Heiler sein? Und wenn ja, darf oder sollte man ihn dann töten? Verfilmt mit Oscar-Preisträger Tom Hanks. »So betörend und berührend wie gleichzeitig verstörend.« Entertainment Weekly

Geschichte Der Gestapo

Author : Jacques Delarue
ISBN : 3761072287
Genre : Germany
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Die Kammer

Author : John Grisham
ISBN : 9783641110222
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»John Grisham in Höchstform.« The New York Times Im Hochsicherheitstrakt des Staatsgefängnisses von Mississippi wartet Sam Cayhall auf seine Hinrichtung. Er ist wegen eines tödlichen Bombenanschlags verurteilt. Seine Lage ist hoffnungslos. Nur der Anwalt Adam Hall kann ihm noch eine Chance bieten. Es geht um Tage, Stunden, Minuten.

Gesetzeskraft

Author : Jacques Derrida
ISBN : 3518116452
Genre : Authority
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The Palgrave Handbook Of Prison Tourism

Author : Jacqueline Z. Wilson
ISBN : 9781137561350
Genre : Social Science
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This extensive Handbook addresses a range of contemporary issues related to Prison Tourism across the world. It is divided into seven sections: Ethics, Human Rights and Penal Spectatorship; Carceral Retasking, Curation and Commodification of Punishment; Meanings of Prison Life and Representations of Punishment in Tourism Sites; Death and Torture in Prison Museums; Colonialism, Relics of Empire and Prison Museums; Tourism and Operational Prisons; and Visitor Consumption and Experiences of Prison Tourism. The Handbook explores global debates within the field of Prison Tourism inquiry; spanning a diverse range of topics from political imprisonment and persecution in Taiwan to interpretive programming in Alcatraz, and the representation of incarcerated Indigenous peoples to prison graffiti. This Handbook is the first to present a thorough examination of Prison Tourism that is truly global in scope. With contributions from both well-renowned scholars and up-and-coming researchers in the field, from a wide variety of disciplines, the Handbook comprises an international collection at the cutting edge of Prison Tourism studies. Students and teachers from disciplines ranging from Criminology to Cultural Studies will find the text invaluable as the definitive work in the field of Prison Tourism.

Dirty White Boys

Author : Stephen Hunter
ISBN : 9783865526809
Genre : Fiction
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Drei bis an die Zähne bewaffnete Sträflinge bahnen sich ihren Weg in eine Welt, die auf etwas Derartiges nicht vorbereitet ist. Lamar ist eine böse, tödliche Bestie ... Odell ist sein schwachsinniger Cousin, ein Riese ohne jegliche Gefühle ... Und Richard ist ein elendiger Feigling ... Die drei ziehen eine Schneise des Terrors durch Amerika. Bis sich Sergeant Pewtie an ihre Fersen heftet. Pewtie wurde vor Jahren von Lamar fast getötet. Nun treffen die beiden erneut aufeinander. Aber dieses Mal wird nur einer überleben ... Für viele ist Stephen Hunter der beste lebende Thriller-Autor. Stephen King: »Ich liebe die Romane von Stephen Hunter.« Literary Guild: »Brillant, ergreifend und sehr brutal.« Michael Drewniok, Krimi-Couch.de: »Ein Hochgeschwindigkeits-Pageturner, ein höllisch spannender, famos geschriebener Reißer ohne Kompromisse, ein Tiefschlag für den feinsinnigen (oder dünnblütigen) Leser, ein Stromstoß für den deutschen Krimifreund.«

Have A Seat Please

Author : Don Reid
ISBN : IND:30000081096574
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Don Reid," a cub reporter once wrote admiringly, "can see as much humanity in the messy murder of a shady lady as the coronation of a queen . . . ." Reid was a strong but gentle man, wise and compassionate, and his discerning eyes observed all the degradation and nobility mankind is heir to in his thirty-five years of covering the Texas prison system for the Huntsville Item and the Associated Press. For many years he was publisher of the Item and later in his life spent much of his time writing and making public speeches. Reid, who died in 1981, was survived by his widow, Frances. The late John Gurwell, who assisted Reid with the book, was a Houston writer whose daughter Kathy supported the reprinting of this book. "When Don Reid published Eyewitness in 1973, the chronicle of his conversion from a supporter of the death penalty to an ardent opponent, the book was an immediate sensation. Perhaps never before in the history of the American penal system has a man witnessed more electrocutions than Reid, who as Associated Press and Huntsville Item representative watched 189 men die in ‘Old Sparky,' as the electric chair in the Texas Department of Corrections' death chamber was not so affectionately called. This book is a powerful personal account of Reid's conversations with many of the very men he later watched receive the eighteen hundred volts of electricity from generators reserved for electrocutions and his later, almost evangelical efforts to defend the men on Death Row from a similar fate.

Hidden Treasures

Author : Harriet Baskas
ISBN : 9781493001613
Genre : Travel
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While there are more than 15,000 museums in our country, visitors get to see only about five percent of any institution’s collections. Most museums simply don’t have room to display everything they’ve got. However, there are a wide variety of surprising and intriguing reasons that, for example, the Smithsonian Institution doesn’t display its collection of condoms, Florida's Lightner Museum locks up all but one of its shrunken heads, and a world-class stash of Japanese erotica (shunga) art was kept in the Honolulu Museum of Art's storage until only recently. Each item or collection included in this volume is described and placed in context with stories and interviews that explore the historical, social, cultural, political, environmental, or other circumstances that led to keeping that object or group of objects out of public view--the ultimate museum buff's voyeuristic experience. Color photographs of the artifacts are included.

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