45 years ago today - Jan 17, 1977

Gary Mark Gilmore is executed by a Utah firing squad ending an almost ten-year moratorium on capital punishment in the United States. The choices available to Gilmore were hanging or firing squad. The option of death by firing squad is a remnant of the days when the doctrine of "blood atonement" taught that to atone for certain sins a person's blood must be "spilt upon the ground."

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