We turn now to another recording from “The Execution Tapes.” Alpha Otis O'Daniel Stephens was killed by electrocution on December 12, 1984. His was a so-called “botched execution” because it took more than one attempt to take his life. Stephens remained alive after the initial two-minute jolt to his body. He was electrocuted again after doctors pronounced him still alive following a six-minute pause. The total execution took more than twenty minutes. The recording is made from inside the death chamber. Again, listen carefully.
- Audiotape of the Execution of Ivon Ray Stanley on July 12, 1984
- Audiotape of the Execution of Alpha Otis O'Daniel Stephens on December 12, 1984
That was a recording from the execution of Alpha Otis O'Daniel Stephens. The execution actually lasted more than twenty minutes. To hear the full recordings from “The Execution Tapes”, go to Dave Isay's website at SoundPortraits.org