Some News Developments

Two recent reports have come up in the news that I’ve found interesting as they relate to things I’ve written about here.  I’m just going to note them briefly, without links.

First, it has been reported that Oklahoma has stated that they are moving to conducting all future executions by nitrogen asphyxiation, even though they have not yet worked out the protocols.  I’ll have to see how this moves forward.

A Fictional United States circa 2017

Following up on my last post, here are some thoughts on a U.S. set up for one of my stories.

For various reasons, attitudes towards the death penalty in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West are different. It has had continued support and few if any countries have stopped carrying out executions for at least serious murder. Other forms of murder also carry a death penalty in many countries.

Musings on Fiction, Alternate History, and Fantasy

Yes, this is going to be on topic…

When I write, my stories my goal as the writer – and since I write my stories mostly with myself as the only audience, the reader – is to put a protagonist, almost always a first person protagonist, into a situation where they are facing execution. Given the reality of this world, it is difficult for me to set these stories in a real-world setting. (more…)

2015 – The Year of the Drug Execution

Following up after a bit of delay due to other life issues:

2015 is over, and it turns out to have been a year where 552 people were executed for drug related crimes – 41% of the total people executed.  Most of these were in Iran and Saudi Arabia.  But, Indonesia made waves with 16 executions in two batches in January and April, which included mostly foreigners, including two of the Bali Nine from Australia.

Me As The Condemned Inmate – Expected Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions

I’m going to spend some time imagining – as I often have – what it would be like to face execution by various methods used, or proposed, in the United States and in some cases elsewhere.


I’m going to start with the following assumptions, just to set the stage:

Nitrogen Asphyxiation

While it isn’t a totally new idea, in April Oklahoma became the first state – likely the first place – to authorize judicial executions be carried out by nitrogen asphyxiation.  (Tulsa World, April 18, 2015, Time, April 17, 2015).

Drug Execution Rates

Earlier I’ve posted about the rate of executions for drug trafficking this year (and going a bit back into last year).  However, I’d not actually looked at the rate.  I just went and looked over the execution data at for the first seven months of this year, and the rate is much higher than I’d have thought:

Continued Drug Executions

2015 could well be the year of the drug execution.  May and June totaled 148 (+- 1).  Add this to the 180 reported in February, March, and April, and the 50 in January, this gives a six month total of 378 executions for drug crimes, mostly in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Follow Up – Approximate Timelines for Various Methods of Execution


Following up on the information from the video mentioned in Another Good Video, I’ve generated the following table of approximate times based on an execution scheduled for 6:00pm on May 12, 2015 – tomorrow evening as I write this.

Another Good Video

I just watched an old Discovery Channel on the last 24 hours on death row. I think it does a good job with the basics of the procedure. It will certainly inform some of my not for publication writing and fantasies.