Killer Frank Attwood, 66, has been told he must choose between being executed by lethal injection or by cyanide gas, which was used by the Nazis to execute millions during World War II
A death row inmate was told he had to choose between being executed by lethal injection or by cyanide gas, which was used by the Nazis to execute millions in World War II.
Frank Attwood, 66, has been simmering on Arizona’s death row since 1984 for the brutal murder of eight-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson – a crime he denies.
Yesterday (May 3), the Arizona Supreme Court issued a death warrant for Attwood, meaning he will be executed on June 8 if he doesn’t file last-minute appeals.
Attwood now has until May 19 to choose his method of execution, but Arizona’s controversial use of Zyklon B gas will likely dominate the headlines in the lead up.
Arizona last used the infamous gas in the 1990s and was equally criticized for the gruesome deaths of prisoners.
The Guardian reports the case resulted in a man suffering an 18-minute death rattle that included “excruciating choking and choking”.
The Nazi use of the gas during the Holocaust makes it all the more alarming that it is still used for legal executions.
Attwood’s own mother fled Austria in 1939 because her Jewish heritage would have made her a target.
As the deadline nears, Attwood’s attorneys have been vocal in voicing a desire that he opt out of cyanide treatment.
Should Attwood choose gas treatment, he would be the first executed man to choose it this century.
A member of Atwood’s legal team, Joseph Perkovich, said: “Cyanide is as bad as everyone thinks it is – there’s a reason the Nazis used it: it’s a horrible way to die.
“We are now in a position to dissuade our client from going into a cyanide gas chamber and we have 15 days to do so.”
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