Idaho’s execution chamber

I took some photos the other day of Idaho’s new execution chamber, where a man named Paul Ezra Rhoades is scheduled to die on Nov. 18. AP got an exclusive tour of the facility and the visit was non eventful, save for the image of Rhoades shown on a security camera screen wheeling up to the door of his cell to collect his medicine for the day. The man, now crippled by diabetes, wreaked havoc on southeastern Idaho communities after killing a teacher and two store clerks in the 1980s.

I found myself reading an AP story from back in day and couldn’t help but notice he was described then as a “hulking, 230-pound, 6-foot-2” man who put fear in the hearts of most who lived in the community. Gun sales skyrocketed, women were afraid to go out at night and doors were bolted.

Thinking about that sad old man wheeling his chair into execution chamber next month, I could only think about the wasted lives involved, both his and theirs.

An unidentified woman leaves the Idaho Maximum Security Institution on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 on in Boise, Idaho. Paul Ezra Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner)

The execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution is shown on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. Paul Ezra Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner)

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the IdahoDepartment of Correction, death row inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades is shown. Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/ IdahoDepartment of Correction, file)

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