Electric Chair Builder Worried Tennessee Execution Will Fail

Gov. Bill Haslam said he is confident the execution can be carried out without problems.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski on Thursday, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system and who worries that his device will malfunction. Fred Leuchter (LOOT’-cher) had a successful career in the execution business before his reputation was tainted by his claim that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. Tennessee’s chair, which hasn’t been used since…

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