The Executioner’s Toll, 2010

The Crimes, Arrests, Trials, Appeals, Last Meals, Final Words and Executions of 46 Persons in the United States

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About the Book

The Executioner’s Toll, 2010 is a meticulous examination of every execution (and the details surrounding the execution) carried out in a single year—and a thought-provoking exploration into the minds of 46 killers as each plays the role of predator, quarry and condemned. The unsettling narratives begin with a murder on May 26, 1993, and end with an execution on December 16, 2010. The book chronicles 63 murders, 44 trials, countless appeals, two suicide attempts, 41 last meals, 33 final statements and 46 executions.
The Executioner’s Toll, 2010 could have covered any year in the modern era of the death penalty, but had to cover one complete year, in order to provide a true picture of the death penalty, executions and the anguish of victims. This book presents the compelling stories, accounts often neglected in the mainstream media. Every person facing the executioner has a story, every killing is as unique as it is devastating.

About the Author(s)

Matthew T. Mangino is the former district attorney of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. He lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Matthew T. Mangino
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7979-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1604-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 5

 1. Vernon Lamont Smith a.k.a., Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi, Ohio. Executed January 7 9

 2. Kenneth Mosley, Texas. Executed January 7 15

 3. Gerald J. Bordelon, Louisiana. Executed January 7 19

 4. Gary James Johnson, Texas. Executed January 12 24

 5. Julius Ricardo Young, Oklahoma. Executed January 14 29

 6. Mark Aaron Brown, Ohio. Executed February 4 33

 7. Martin Edward Grossman, Florida. Executed February 16 37

 8. Michael Adam Sigala, Texas. Executed March 2 42

 9. Joshua Maxwell, Texas. Executed March 11 45

10. Lawrence Raymond Reynolds, Jr., Ohio. Executed March 16 49

11. Paul Warner Powell, Virginia. Executed March 18 53

12. Franklin DeWayne Alix, Texas. Executed March 30 58

13. Darryl M. Durr, Ohio. Executed April 20 61

14. William Josef Berkley, Texas. Executed April 22 66

15. Samuel Bustamante, Texas. Executed April 27 70

16. Kevin Scott Varga and Billy John Galloway, Texas. Executed May 12 and 13 75

17. Michael Francis Beuke, Ohio. Executed May 13 80

18. Rogelio Reyes Cannady, Texas. Executed May 19 85

19. Paul E. Woodward, Mississippi. Executed May 19 90

20. Gerald J. Holland, Mississippi. Executed May 20 94

21. Darick D. Walker, Virginia. Executed May 20 98

22. John Avalos Alba, Texas. Executed May 25 102

23. Thomas W. Whisenhant, Alabama. Executed May 27 106

24. George A. Jones, Texas. Executed June 2 111

25. Melbert Ray Ford, Jr., Georgia. Executed June 9 115

26. John Forrest Parker, Alabama. Executed June 10 119

27. David Lee Powell, Texas. Executed June 15 123

28. Ronnie Lee Gardner, Utah. Executed June 18 128

29. Michael James Perry, Texas. Executed July 10 133

30. William L. Garner, Ohio. Executed July 13 138

31. Derrick Leon Jackson, Texas. Executed July 20 142

32. Joseph D. Burns, Mississippi. Executed July 21 146

33. Roderick Davie, Ohio. Executed August 10 150

34. Michael Jeffrey Land, Alabama. Executed August 12 154

35. Peter A. Cantu, Texas. Executed August 17 158

36. Holly Wood, Alabama. Executed September 9 163

37. Cal Colburn Brown, Washington. Executed September 10167

38. Teresa Wilson Lewis, Virginia. Executed September 23 172

39. Brandon J. Rhode, Georgia. Executed September 27 177

40. Michael W. Benge, Ohio. Executed October 6 181

41. Donald Ray Wackerly II, Oklahoma. Executed October 14186

42. Larry Wayne Wooten, Texas. Executed October 21 190

43. Jeffrey T. Landrigan, Arizona. Executed October 26 194

44. Phillip D. Hallford, Alabama. Executed November 4 199

45. John David Duty, Oklahoma. Executed December 16 203

Conclusion 209

Chapter Notes 215

Bibliography 226

Index 233


Book Reviews & Awards

“This well-written and well-executed book makes for highly compelling reading…excellent”—ARBA.