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From the archive: first American to be executed by lethal injection

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In January 1983 the Observer Magazine examined a deeply troubling death-row drama In December 1982 Charlie Brooks Jnr, a 40-year-old black man convicted of the killing of a garage mechanic in 1976, ‘was the first American to be put to death by lethal injection’. ‘In the vernacular of death row,’ writes Robert Chesshyre, Brooks ‘had taken the “ultimate high”’. Neither Brooks nor his accomplice admitted firing the shot
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