The SELF-TAUGHT execution expert who built Tennessee's electric chair
Born to a father who worked as a prison guard, Fred Leuchter Jr was exposed to the criminal system at an early age because he accompanied his father to work Leuchter used the skills he learned while designing navigational and surveillance equipment and studying early executions to build electric chairs The self-taught electrocution expert was tasked with building Tennessee's electric chair in 1988 - which was last successfully used in 2007 His career crumbled when he publicly denied the Holocaust, which led to the discovery that he doesn't hold an engineering degree or professional license The chair he built in Tennessee is set to be used Thursday evening during the execution of convicted murderer Edmund Zagorski Self-taught electrocution Fred Leuchter Jr built the electric chair that will be used Thursday night in Tennessee during an execution As debate swirls about the use of an ... (more)
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