Category Archives: death row

Call this a mass execution? Don’t make me laugh

The London newspaper the Guardian, which Dalrymple points out is

the left-liberal mouthpiece of the pensée unique,

recently ran the headline ‘The Arkansas mass executions on Easter Monday must be stopped.’ Dalrymple comments:

The emotive words ‘mass execution’ conjure up in my mind considerably more than the eight executions the state planned to perform over the course of 11 days, two of which, as far as I am aware, had been carried out at the time the headline appeared. Che Guevara would have laughed at the idea that a mere eight people put to death, let alone two, constituted a mass execution. He would have taken the use of the word as further proof of the decadence of late capitalist society and its ripeness for overthrow.

Sad outcome to an everyday holdup

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 08.56.43Dalrymple reads about Jeffery Wood, who was sitting in a car outside a petrol station while an accomplice engaged in a routine robbery of a convenience store at a petrol station. The only hitch was that the attendant inside ended up being shot and killed.

One newspaper sums up the case as the robbery of a little store that went wrong. Dalrymple comments:

What would be a robbery that did not go wrong? Presumably one in which the robbers got away with the booty without anyone coming to physical harm. This shows how far we have come to accept the criminal’s point of view: one is peacefully robbing a store when the storekeeper turns stubborn and refuses to hand over the key to the safe — what a human tragedy follows!

Dead meat

Dalrymple on Meals to Die For by the Texas death-row cook Brian D. Price: 'A few years ago...in the bookshop in the airport nearest my English home, I found a volume devoted to the last meals requested by men about to be executed in Texas....To my lasting regret I did not buy the book and have not found it since. It was both horrifying and fascinating....what really horrified me were not the crimes of the condemned men but their choices of a last meal...they all wanted to go out on a full stomach of junk food and industrially produced sweet drinks. Whether the Texas Department of Corrections would have stood for more sophisticated tastes I don’t know: Bélon oysters, for example, and a glass of fine Chablis....My horror at their choices was not quite as frivolous as might at first appear, for junk food is criminogenic.'

Dalrymple on death-row cook Brian D. Price’s Meals to Die For: ‘A few years ago…in the bookshop in the airport nearest my English home [Birmingham Airport], I found a volume devoted to the last meals requested by men about to be executed in Texas….To my lasting regret I did not buy the book and have not found it since. It was both horrifying and fascinating….what really horrified me were not the crimes of the condemned men but their choices of a last meal…they all wanted to go out on a full stomach of junk food and industrially produced sweet drinks. Whether the Texas Department of Corrections would have stood for more sophisticated tastes I don’t know: Bélon oysters, for example, and a glass of fine Chablis.’