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Tennessee Executes Edmund Zagorski, 63, in Electric Chair

Zagorski became just the second person to die in the electric chair in Tennessee since 1960.

Edmund Zagorski was 63 years old when he chose the electric chair instead of a lethal injection to die last Thursday, November 1, in a maximum security criminal in Nashville, in the United States.

To be declared dead, he first received an shock of one thousand 750 volts for 20 seconds, followed by a 15 second pause and a second shock also of 15 thousand volts of 15 seconds. He wanted it that way because he thought it would be a quicker and less painful way to die.

With this, Zagorski became just the second person to die in the electric chair in Tennessee since 1960. Nationwide, only 14 people have been sentenced in this way since 2000, reports EFE .

His last words, according to the director of the prison who interviewed him before the event, were “Let’s rock” (“Let’s rock”). The defendant slaughtered John Dotson and Jimmy Porter in April 1983 after assaulting them when both victims intended to buy marijuana.

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Adam Watter

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Adam Watter started working for Strange Malady in 2017. Adam grew up in a small town in the Midwest. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. Adam has been a proud Tennessean for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for NPR and the Huffington Post.

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