Clicky

Reporter Speaks About How Witnessing a Botched Execution Changed His Life

Default content image
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Last Thursday, Democracy Now broadcast a recording of a botched execution from beginning to end for the first time inthe United States, one of 19 recordings of the 23 electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984. Thehistoric recordings, entitled "The Execution Tapes," were released last week by independent radio producer Dave Isay.

The recording we broadcast was of the botched execution of Alpa Otis Stephens. Harris Blackwood was a reporter for anABC affiliate in Georgia when he witnessed the State of Georgia’s repeated attempts to execute Stephens in 1984.Blackwood later described the event as "the longest 10 minutes" of his life. Today we talk to him.

Guest:

  • Harris Blackwood, Station Manager at a regional cable company in Cumming, Georgia.

Related Story

Video squareStoryJul 13, 2017Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails Aren't a "Smoking Gun" or Evidence of Criminal Collusion
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation
Up arrowTop