The worst botched execution in Alabama’s history.

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Photo courtesy Doyle Hamm’s family, courtesy Bernard Harcourt (in The New Yorker)

The state of Alabama was trying to kill him. He was 61 and had already survived a childhood of abuse and years of lymphoma. He’d survived drug abuse and chemo and radiation.

Doyle Hamm wasn’t hopeful he’d live much longer no matter what happened.

He grew up as the tenth child in a family of twelve. The poverty was bad, but the abuse and neglect were worse.

In 2018, only two of Doyle Hamm’s siblings were left alive. His brother Danny, 57, and his sister Linda drove south from Cherokee, Alabama till just before they hit Florida and pulled over in the town of Atmore. …


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