March 5, 1989

On March 5, 1989, in Columbia, South Carolina, convicted killer Michael Godwin died by irony. Mr. Godwin had just recently had his murder sentence lessened from frying in the electric-chair to life in prison. On March 5, 1989, Mr. Godwin was sitting naked on his cell’s toilet when he decided to do a little prison electro-engineering. Inmates at the Central Correctional Institute who had exhibited good behavior were allowed to have small televisions in their cells, but had to listen to them using earphones. Mr. Godwin’s earphones had quit working and he was attempting to fix them. Not having any tools except for his teeth, that’s what he used, while sitting on a metal toilet seat, while naked. Since the earphones were plugged into a working television, a live current went through his mouth, through his heart, through his naked butt and into the metal of the toilet seat completing the circuit. Mr. Godwin died by electrocution. The fate he had thought he’d escaped. You can’t make this shit up. Someone point out to Alanis Morissette this was true irony.

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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