Electricity brings us light, heat and Netflix. But sometimes, when it courses through man, woman or beast, electricity brings sudden death. Which is why executioners in the early 20th century looked at power lines and had light bulbs flash over their heads.
Which execution method has supplanted electrocution in the U.S.?
Which execution method was the most popular in the U.S. before the electric chair was introduced?
How long does a typical electrocution take?
When was the first official electrocution conducted in the U.S.?
Who was the first person ever executed in the electric chair?
Who was the first woman put to death in the electric chair?
How many U.S. states used electrocution at its peak of popularity?
Which was the last U.S. state to use electrocution as the sole method of execution?
Which rock guitarist was electrocuted onstage by a microphone during a sound check at the Top Rank Ballroom in Swansea, Wales?
This Yardbirds guitarist died in his basement after being electrocuted by an improperly grounded guitar.
Who electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to discredit alternating current as a form of electricity distribution?
Someone condemned to sit in the electric chair was destined -- at least to those with a penchant for dark comedy -- to do this.
"bestride the bolt"
"cruise the current"
"ride the lightning"
In 2012, which world-famous animal made headlines when he died of electrocution while landing on a power pole in Iowa?
D12, the bald eagle
Ling Ling, the panda
Smokey, the bear
What convicted killer asked for the Ohio electric chair in 2001 to prove a point about the horror of capital punishment?
John William Byrd Jr.
Who first proposed the idea of using electric current to kill a human being?
David B. Hill
This killer of the Lindbergh baby died in the electric chair.
John F. Condon
Two of the most infamous spies in American history died in the electric chair in 1953. Who were they?
Caril Fugate and Charles Starweather
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady
How many volts of electricity surge through a person's body during an execution by electrocution?
Which notorious serial killer was put to death in Florida's electric chair in 1989?
Allen Lee Davis
Who wrote "The Effects of Electric Shock on Man" and then invented the ground-fault circuit interrupter to prevent such a shock from happening?