On Tuesday, the Arizona state Supreme Court set June 8 for the execution of Frank Atwood, sentenced to death in 1987 for the murder of an eight-year-old girl. He was given two weeks to choose between lethal injection or being gassed with lethal chemicals.
According to his lawyer, prison authorities in the southwestern state are considering using hydrogen cyanide, the main component of Zyklon-B, a chemical infamously associated with the Holocaust.
Atwood’s mother was Jewish and had fled Austria in 1939 to escape the Nazis, lawyer Joe Perkovich said.
Informative article from a person who witnessed a gas chamber death.
Spoiler alert, it wasn’t pleasant.