Murderer is executed in the electric chair in Tennessee

Edmund Zagorski, 63, was electrocuted in the chair at a maximum-security prison in Nashville on Thursday night after his last meal request of pickled pig knuckles and pig tails

Edmund Zagorski, 63, was electrocuted in the chair at a maximum-security prison in Nashville on Thursday night after his last meal request of pickled pig knuckles and pig tails

A Tennessee man who was convicted of a 1980s double murder had just two final words before he was executed in the electric chair: 'Let's rock'.   

Edmund Zagorski, 63, was electrocuted in the chair at a maximum-security prison in Nashville on Thursday night after his last meal request of pickled pig knuckles and pig tails.

Zagorski's official time of death was 7.26pm. 

Asked if he had any last words just moments before the execution, Zagorski said: 'Let's rock'.

Witnesses to his execution said Zagorski, who had insisted on the rarely used method rather than lethal injection, mostly looked ahead but did look around the death chamber at a Nashville prison in the minutes before his death.

He alternated between grimacing and smiling as a sponge was put on his head. Authorities then put a shroud over his head, which was followed by the helmet.  

Witnesses noted that his fists clenched when the voltage was applied and he raised up in his chair when each jolt of electricity went through him.

Zagorski did not move once the electricity stopped flowing.

He had opted for the electric chair over a lethal injection after arguing it would be a quicker and less painful way to die. 

He is the first inmate in five years to be put to death by electrocution in the United States. Pictured above is the electric chair Zagorski was electrocuted in on Thursday

He is the first inmate in five years to be put to death by electrocution in the United States. Pictured above is the electric chair Zagorski was electrocuted in on Thursday

Zagorski had opted for the electric chair over a lethal injection after arguing it would be a quicker and less painful way to die

Zagorski had opted for the electric chair over a lethal injection after arguing it would be a quicker and less painful way to die

Zagorski had opted for the electric chair over a lethal injection after arguing it would be a quicker and less painful way to die

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