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The Nation

Kicking, cursing and fighting with five Death Row guards, ski-mask killer Daniel Morris Thomas was strapped into Florida’s electric chair in Starke and executed for the 1976 murder of a man and the rape of the wife as her husband lay dying. Observers said the struggle was the first to take place in Florida State Prison’s death room within memory. Cursing and screaming “Get off me! Get off me!” Thomas, 37, was subdued after a seven-minute struggle during which he kicked one guard in the groin and tried to bite another on the arm.


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