This is a video of an actual execution by an electric chair filmed in a prison in midwestern USA. The video was filmed by an underground, freelance filmmaker in violation of US federal and state laws. The cameraman made a deal with a warden who wanted to have the execution filmed himself, but couldn’t get it OK’ed via the official channels. The footage was featured in a 1980 documentary This is America Part 2, which was a sequence to popular 1977 shockumentary This is America.
Death by electric chair electrocution certainly doesn’t look like a painless feast. It’s probably one of the most agonizing ways to die for a criminal on a death row. If given a choice between the electric chair and a noose, I think the noose would be a preference. Even if you added guillotine or an execution by sword as still practiced in Saudi Arabia to the pool of choices, I still see the electric chair as the least favorable. Modern means of execution by lethal injection certainly seem as a huge step forward as far as elimination of undue suffering for the condemned.
When they zap the condemned for the second time, you can see smoke rising out of his head. The condemned also pissed himself during electrocution, which I’d say is not unexpected. Though as explained in the video earlier, the execution is carried out after the last meal so the condemned’s bowels are empty hence there is no release of fecal matter during electrocution. Still the stench must be horrid. They probably started putting cotton swabs in victims’ noses after noticing that blood came gushing out of nostrils during previous electrocutions.
Props to Nicole for the video: