Garry takes his Mercury on holiday... to a gas chamber

Bridgwater Mercury: Garry Walton with the Mercury in a Missouri gas chamber Garry Walton with the Mercury in a Missouri gas chamber

COULD this be one of the most unusual submissions for our popular Mercury Round The World feature ever?

Reader Garry Walton, of Bridgwater, posed with his favourite paper in the execution chamber at the Jefferson state penitentiary in Missouri, USA.

Garry, who describes himself as a semi-retired deputy Sheriff, told the Mercury: “I first deputised with the county sheriff’s office in Washington State in 1999.

“I go back to the States each year, and this year I paid a courtesy visit to the Missouri law enforcement and corrections departments.

“I managed to get special dispensation to access the gas chamber at the Jefferson City State Penitentiary with my copy of the Mercury.”

Sixty-eight people have been executed in Missouri since 1976 – and almost 50 more remain on ‘Death Row’ awaiting execution.

Execution by gas chamber has largely been outlawed in the USA, but Missouri is one of six states which still uses the chamber to carry out some executions.

The chamber is used if a lethal injection cannot be administered, the crime was committed before a certain date or the person to be executed opts for the chamber.

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7:19pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Samej1 says...

Poor taste or what
Poor taste or what Samej1

7:50pm Thu 12 Jul 12

mikeymike says...

The most humane thing to do would be shut the door and turn it on so he can't read bad taste stories like this!!!
The most humane thing to do would be shut the door and turn it on so he can't read bad taste stories like this!!! mikeymike

10:34pm Thu 12 Jul 12

sheldoncooper says...

Dear oh Dear....how much lower can we go...appalling bad taste !
Dear oh Dear....how much lower can we go...appalling bad taste ! sheldoncooper

12:04am Fri 13 Jul 12

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

Easy to end a life - even if it is an insect on your floor - but ever tried recreating it?. Not by the lucrative nine-month method, either.
Easy to end a life - even if it is an insect on your floor - but ever tried recreating it?. Not by the lucrative nine-month method, either. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth

11:37pm Fri 13 Jul 12

ElmerFudd60 says...

The facts reported are so inaccurate it is laughable. The prison is the Missouri State Penitentiary and it ceased operation in 2004. It is currently open to the public as a tourist attraction and anybody that wants to can sit in the gas chamber and get their picture taken, no special dispensation needed. There has not been an execution by gas in the State of Missouri since 1965.
The facts reported are so inaccurate it is laughable. The prison is the Missouri State Penitentiary and it ceased operation in 2004. It is currently open to the public as a tourist attraction and anybody that wants to can sit in the gas chamber and get their picture taken, no special dispensation needed. There has not been an execution by gas in the State of Missouri since 1965. ElmerFudd60

10:15pm Sat 14 Jul 12

mobyman says...

last to go was an irish fella,on his last request he said "can i have 50p for the meter".no harm or disrespect to the irih,as i dont know any polish jokes
last to go was an irish fella,on his last request he said "can i have 50p for the meter".no harm or disrespect to the irih,as i dont know any polish jokes mobyman

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