As the US still carries on murdering people to prove that murdering people is wrong, it’s worth taking a look at a typical execution: Sept. 2, 1983. Mississippi. Jimmy Lee Gray. Asphyxiation. Officials had to clear the room eight minutes after the gas was released when Gray’s desperate gasps for air repulsed witnesses. His attorney, Dennis Balske of Montgomery, Alabama, criticized state officials for clearing the room when the inmate was still alive. Said noted death penalty defense attorney David Bruck, “Jimmy Lee Gray died banging his head against a steel pole in the gas chamber while the reporters counted his moans” (eleven, according to the Associated Press). Later it was revealed that the executioner, Barry Bruce, was drunk. OK, maybe not a good example, but there are plenty of other botched cases, and another nine chances to get it wrong to come. This month.