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John Arthur Spenkelink (born March 29, 1949 San Diego, California - died May 25, 1979 Raiford, Florida) was the first man to be executed in the electric chair after the reintroduction of the death penalty in the United States in 1976 (last before that was carried out in 1966 in Oklahoma). He struggled violently as he was being brought to his death. He was also the first man executed involuntary after 1976. March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (89th in Leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Raiford is a town located in Union County, Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq mi (170,451 km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ... The first electric chair, which was used to execute William Kemmler in 1890 People used the electric chair in Mongolia to fry their bacon and eggs. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the State as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offenses. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


After serving in a California prison for petty crimes he travelled to Florida with another prison inmate. He was condemned to death in 1973 for murdering a travelling companion whom Spenkelink alleged had offered him homosexual relations and forced him to play Russian roulette in a Tallahassee motel in Florida. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq mi (170,451 km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Russian roulette is the practice of placing a single round in a revolver, spinning the cylinder and closing it into the firearm without looking, aiming the revolver at ones own head in a suicidal fashion, and pulling the trigger. ... Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, a state of the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq mi (170,451 km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ...


After the execution, rumors spread that the fighting, shouting Spenkelink was dragged to the electric chair, gagged, beaten and had his neck broken. The rumors caused Spenkelink's body to be exhumed for an autopsy and the State further decided to perform autopsies on all executed inmates. Some witnesses believe Spenkelink was already dead when placed in the electric chair. By other animals Humans are not the only species to bury their dead. ... An autopsy, also known as a post-mortem examination or an obduction, is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of a persons death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. ...


He is known for his quote: "Capital punishment: those without the capital get the punishment." Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the State as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offenses. ...


References

  • Execution List - Florida Department of Corrections
  • John Arthur Spenkelink - Clark County (IN) Prosecutor

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John Arthur Spenkelink - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
John Arthur Spenkelink (born March 29, 1949 San Diego, California - died May 25, 1979 Raiford, Florida) was the first man to be executed in the electric chair after the reintroduction of the death penalty in the United States in 1976.
Because of the rumors, Spenkelink's body was exhumed for an autopsy and the State decided to perform autopsies on all executed inmates.
John Arthur Spenkelink - Clark County (IN) Prosecutor
John Arthur Spenkelink #2 (4217 words)
Spenkelink claimed that he shot Szymankiewicz in self-defense in that he forced sexual relations on him earlier, and forced him to play "russian roulette." He also claimed that the gun went off accidentally during a fight between the two.
Spenkelink escaped from a California prison in 1972, where he was serving a 5-years-to-life sentence for robbing a fast-food restaurant, 5 gas stations and 2 people.
Spenkelink shot Szymankiewicz, who was asleep in bed, once in the head just behind the left ear and a second time in the back, which fragmented the spine, ruptured the aorta, and resulted in the victim's death.
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