Procedure 769: Witness to an Execution (1996)

Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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On April 21, 1992, convicted killer of two San Diego teens in 1978, Robert Harris became the first San Quentin inmate in 25 years to die in the gas chamber. This documentary presents the diverse viewpoints of those who witnessed his execution. Forty-nine people were allowed to witness his death. His friends, relatives, a few journalists, prison personnel and even prominent citizens with good-connections attended the event. Those interviewed include Harris' brother Randall, a psychologist, the warden and members from the victims' families. Also documented are the protestations both for and against the killing outside the prison on the big day. The actual process of gassing someone to death are described in vivid detail.

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capital-punishment, execution, killing