Execution by shooting is a common method of execution used all over the world. In Soviet Russia, a single bullet to the back of the head was the most frequently used method of execution for military and non-military criminals. This is still the main method of execution in many parts of China. In Taiwan, the prisoner is first injected with a strong anesthetic and then shot in the chest.
Henry Lee Lucas in his cell, Ellis Unit 1. Photo by John McConnico.
I know people will accuse me of being self-serving, but through God’s help, I have been able to come to the point, much too late, where I can feel the hurt and the pain I am responsible for. Yes. Absolutely! During the past few days, myself and a number of investigators have been talking about unsolved cases – murders I was involved in. It’s hard to talk about all these years later, because it revives all the terrible feelings and thoughts that I have steadfastly and diligently dealt with – I think successfully. It has been reopened and I have felt the pain and the horror of that. I hope that those who I have caused so much grief, even if they don’t believe my expression of sorrow, will believe what I’m saying now; there are those loose in their towns and communities, like me, whose dangerous impulses are being fueled, day in and day out, by violence in the media in its various forms – particularly sexualized violence.
Ted Bundy - the day before his execution