A man, a plan, an electric chair: Fred Leuchter is a perplexing puzzle of a person. The gnomish, self-taught engineer, son of a prison guard, stumbled onto a career building and servicing execution devices. He's pro capitol punishment, he declares, but not
pro-death by torture; his desire to build a better electric chair was always humanitarian in origin. Leuchter is the first to marvel that because he'd built an electric chair, prison officials thought he could build a gallows, a lethal injection machine or a gas chamber; he sees the expertise
isn't the same but gave it a shot anyway, apparently well. And it was the gas chamber that led to Leuchter's second, more ...