Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
A Swiss documentary about capital punishment, Blue End uses the case of convicted murderer Joseph Paul Jernigan to explore its controversial subject matter. Following Jernigan's 1993 execution in Huntsville, TX, his body was donated to science and sliced into two-millimeter sections that were then scanned and digitized into a computer model for the Visible Human Project, an Internet site used by anatomy students. The documentary incorporates interviews with lawyers, judges, the Colorado University scientist who did the slicing, and Jernigan's grief-stricken relatives, all of which forms a multifaceted debate on the U.S. justice system.
convict, ethics, execution, experiment, Internet, prison, scientist