I have never understood why one of our capital punishments is death by electrocution.
First of all, it seems like a very random way to kill someone, as if they were having a brainstorming session on “strange execution methods” and a guy said, “why don’t we run an electric current through them!”
Secondly, it seems, from what I have read about it, to be a painful, relatively slow way to die. People cook from the inside, their heads burst into flames, their eyeballs pop out, etc etc. Sounds like a very barbaric execution.
Thirdly, it seems needlessly complicated and convoluted. A large amount of preparation needs to go into it, there’s something stagey about all the steps followed through in strapping the prisoner into the chair, and even then accidents apparently happen causing horrific death scenes.
This is just my opinion, but the electric chair strikes me as the kind of thing that a sick, demented science fiction writer would come up with. I think it’s far from a humane method of execution. Wouldn’t a bullet in the head be a million times cheaper, faster, easier and more painless?
Why the hell do we go to the legnth of strapping someone into a chair and electrocuting them, rather than shooting them in the back of the head? If we must have capital punishment at all? (But that’s another issue.)