Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the Executions at Night series An examiner subscriber asked why were executions carried out and night and not at 8:00 in the morning? She wanted to know why put the prisoner through any extra agony of having to go all that last day knowing it was your last. The same argument could be made though for trying to have a good night sleep knowing that you are going to die the very next morning. However, the question was a good one and one this examiner had no idea about. Executions are carried out in some of the US states, but not in Montreal where this examiner lives.
However since this Montreal examiner is a retired therapist, mental health is always of interest to her, whether it be the criminal’s mental health or the mental health of the average law abiding citizen.
Imagine what it must be like to go through the last day of your life knowing that you would die at one minute after midnight. I mean Cinderella’s couch turned into a pumpkin at midnight but the condemned is turned into a corpse.
The Crips and Bloods notorious street gangs in South Central Los Angeles
You may remember the famous death-row inmate Stanley “Toukie” Williams who was the gang founder of the Crips. His street gang was responsible for holdups, muggings and murders in California. The famous “Bloods and Crips” gained notoriety in the 1970’s. Williams said his intention when starting the gang was to keep his neighbourhood free from the crimes perpetrated by other neighbourhood gangs. He admitted that his South Central Los Angeles street gang turned into a monster and they began to commit crimes, such as assault, robbery and the murder. Though until and including the day of his execution he still refused to give authorities any of the details of gang activities.
The summary of Toukie’s story will be continued in the next article