December 7, 1982

On This Date in! in 1982, Charlie Brooks Junior, a convicted murderer, was the first prisoner in the United States to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Before his lethal injection, it was noticed that he had not received a tetanus shot in the last fourteen years, and that was administered first, at a cost of $114. Charlie Brooks Junior protested the tetanus shot and was quoted as saying, “What?! Is the &#*@ing needle rusty?” The warden required the shot be given anyway, as he needed his paperwork to balance at the end of the year.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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