A Red-Letter Day, and a Party to Match
By MARC LACEY
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — When Arizona executes prisoners, it uses
lethal injection — not drawing and quartering, hanging or beheading,
all of which have fallen out of favor since they were used with some
regularity in Europe centuries back.
But for a brief period this week, the state will be simulating that
gorier era, when the most notorious outlaws have their heads put on
stakes and displayed for all to see. Red food dye will take the place
of real blood, of course, and plastic mannequin heads will be used
instead of actual skulls.