The hour of Thomas Eugene Creech’s death has been set, and it is rapidly approaching.

On Wednesday morning Idaho prison officials will ask the 73-year-old if he would like a mild sedative to help calm him before his execution at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution south of Boise. Then, at 10 a.m. local time, they will bring him into the execution chamber and strap him to a padded medical table.

Defense attorneys and the warden will check for any last-minute court orders that would halt the execution of Creech, who is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the U.S.

Barring any legal stay, volunteers with medical training will insert a catheter into one of Creech’s veins. He’ll be given a chance to say his last words, and a spiritual advisor may pray with him. Then the state will inject a drug intended to kill the man who has been convicted of five murders in three states and is suspected in several more.

  • Flying Squid
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    253 months ago

    Execution is cruel.

    Think about knowing your death date. Feeling it approach day by day. You’re out of appeals. You’re definitely going to be killed and on a specific date at a specific time and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

    That is torture.

    I don’t care how bad your crime was, no one deserves to be tortured. Or executed by the state.

    • @STOMPYI
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      83 months ago

      You’ll be hated for such radical compassion… Better let me stand with you…

    • @Woht24
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      03 months ago

      Imagine waking up one day and deciding to stalk, capture, rape and kill someone for nothing other than your pleasure.

      He deserves it.

      • Flying Squid
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        73 months ago

        It’s not a matter of whether or not he deserves it.

        We have an eighth amendment to the U.S. constitution and if you’re not familiar with it, this is it:

        Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

        Very simple. No cruel punishments. Regardless of whether you or anyone else feels that they deserve to be tortured.

        • @Woht24
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          -23 months ago

          Well torture is your definition of it, not one I agree with. I’m not American and don’t know your constitution, or care to know it but it seems your own government doesn’t agree with you. Regardless of whether you or anyone else feels that way.

          • Flying Squid
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            13 months ago

            Really? You wouldn’t be tortured by knowing the exact time and date of your death and knowing that nothing you did would stop it?

            Because I think I can safely say that would be torture for most people.

            • @Woht24
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              03 months ago

              For most people, yes, I’d agree with.

              For someone who’s killed, usually multiple people, I think they view life and death a bit different to the average person. Regardless of semantics, this ‘torture’ isn’t cruel or unusual, it’s a consequence and one that is afforded to them in the interest of fairness to allow appeals etc.

              As soon as the judges gavel bangs, they could be immediately shot. Would that be better?

              • Flying Squid
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                03 months ago

                Why even have a judge? Why not let police just kill them? Why give them a trial at all?