RAW 011

“The Execution Tapes” (1983 – 1987) by Dave Isay & Josh Smith
Recorded in Jackson – Georgia, U.S.A.
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“These files are transfers of the raw, unedited tapes. Some of the tapes begin after the execution has started or end before the procedure has been completed. Any gaps in the files exist on the original tapes themselves. The Georgia Department of Corrections recorded the executions from three locations:

Command Post: The most complete recording of each execution is the taped telephone conversation between department of corrections officials in Atlanta and the prison personnel in a room adjacent to the death chamber. These recordings, which often document the arrival of the witnesses and the removal of the body, are the most descriptive of the execution procedure

Death chamber: Recordings from the death chamber capture the warden swearing in witnesses, reading the death warrant, affording the condemned a chance to add to his last words, and pronouncing death. The electrocution itself is not recorded.

Inmate’s cell: Recordings from the inmate’s cell are made two hours prior to the scheduled execution. Here, the inmate is given the opportunity to make a final statement with no time limitation.”
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Inmate’s Name (Execution Date) In alphabetical order.

Alpha Otis Stephens (Dec. 12, 1984)

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  • / Alpha Otis Stephens - Command Post (09:16 min.)
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  • / Alpha Otis Stephens - Death chamber (02:22 min.)
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Ivon Ray Stanley (July 12, 1984)

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Jerome Bowden (June 25, 1986)

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John Eldon Smith (Dec. 15, 1983)

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  • / John Eldon Smith - Death chamber (06:15 min.)
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John Young (Mar. 20, 1985)

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Joseph Mulligan (May 15, 1987)

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Richard Tucker (May 22, 1987)

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Roosevelt Green (Jan. 9, 1985)

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Timothy McCorquodale (Oct. 21, 1987)

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  • / Timothy McCorquodale - Command Post (17:45 min.)
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  • / Timothy McCorquodale - Inmate's cell (00:13 min.)
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Van Roosevelt Solomon (Feb. 20, 1985)

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  • / Van Roosevelt Solomon - Command Post (11:16 min.)
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  • / Van Roosevelt Solomon - Death chamber (04:01 min.)
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  • / Van Roosevelt Solomon - Inmate's cell (02:47 min.)
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William Boyd Tucker (May 29, 1987)

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  • / William Boyd Tucker - Command Post (26:20 min.)
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Total duration: 4 hours and 16 minutes.
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Recorded at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison.
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