Dead Pool 9th December 2018
Not a good week to be a wrestler, but then again, when is? No points to be awarded this week but plenty read up on. I hope you’ve all been working on your lists for 2019 as I am now officially opening the gates for your submissions. You can either email them to me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the online form on the website.
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Joseph Christopher Garcia, 47, American convicted murderer and prison escapee (Texas Seven), execution by lethal injection.
- Peter Boizot, 89, British restaurateur (PizzaExpress) and football club owner (Peterborough United).
- Dynamite Kid, 60, English professional wrestler (WWF, NJPW, Stampede).
- Larry Hennig, 82, American professional wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWWF), renal failure.
- Pete Shelley, 63, English musician and songwriter (Buzzcocks), heart attack.
In Other News
Canada’s Adonis Stevenson is in a “critical condition” in hospital after losing his WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City. Stevenson, 41, who was boxing’s oldest and longest-reigning champion, suffered an 11th-round knockout, slumping in the corner after a flurry of punches. He was put on a stretcher, before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel said his boxer was in intensive care. Unbeaten Gvozdyk, 31, told a news conference on Saturday night: “I talked to the people at the hospital. He was very confused when he arrived, we suspect a concussion. It’s very disturbing.” On Sunday, Michel tweeted his thanks on behalf of Stevenson’s wife and family: “Thank you for your many messages of encouragement and support. #Superman is currently under careful medical supervision of very competent doctors in a controlled environment. #hope.”
An inmate in the US state of Tennessee has been executed by electric chair after arguing that a lethal injection would involve suffering. David Earl Miller, who spent 36 years on death row, was the latest of an increasing number of inmates attempting to avoid lethal injection following several botched executions. Another Tennessee inmate, Edmund Zagorski, was electrocuted last month. Lethal injection is the state’s main method of execution. However, Tennessee inmates on death row whose crimes were committed before 1999 are allowed to choose electrocution instead. Miller was pronounced dead at 19:25 local time on Thursday at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Tennessee department of correction spokesman Tylee Tracer said that Miller’s last words were: “Beats being on death row.” Miller was found guilty of killing a 23-year-old mentally ill woman in 1981. In court, both Miller and Zagorski had cited the August execution of Billy Ray Irick, who turned purple and took 20 minutes to die! It follows a series of executions using different combinations of drug where prisoners have appeared to suffer. The US constitution bans cruel and unusual punishments, yet allows the electric chair? Zagorski’s execution was the second time the state’s electric chair had been used since 1960. In neighbouring Alabama, more than 50 inmates have chosen to be killed in the nitrogen gas chamber rather than be given a lethal injection after being given the option earlier this year.
A woman who sat on her boyfriend and suffocated him to death during a drunken rage is facing nearly four decades in prison after she admitted to his murder. Windi Thomas stabbed Keeno Butler in the hand with a knife and battered him with a table leg before she smothered him with her body at their home in Erie, Pennsylvania. The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to the third-degree murder although her lawyers argued the she killed Mr Butler by mistake after collapsing on top of him while drunk. Mr Butler’s death was ruled homicide caused by “respiratory insufficiency secondary to blunt force trauma to the neck and thoracic compression, exacerbated by blunt force trauma to the head.” After killing the 44-year-old in March, the court heard that Thomas dialled police and told a dispatcher: “I killed my boyfriend.” After arriving at property, investigators found a table leg with bolts protruding covered with blood. She told police that she had been drinking and looking to purchase crack cocaine.
On This Day
- 1892 – English soccer club Newcastle United is founded
- 1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
- 1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first of only two diseases that have been driven to extinction (rinderpest in 2011 being the other).
- 1996 – Gwen Jacob is acquitted of committing an indecent act, giving women the right to be topless in Ontario, Canada.
- 1048 – Al-Biruni, Persian mathematician (b. 973)
- 2012 – Patrick Moore, English lieutenant, astronomer, and educator (b. 1923)
- 2012 – Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, co-created the bar code (b. 1921)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Kim Basinger (65), Teri Hatcher (54), Nicki Minaj (36), Dominic Monaghan (42), C. Thomas Howell (52), Kristofer Hivju (40), Ellen Burstyn (86), Tom Hulce (65), JoBeth Williams (70), Noel Clarke (43), Nick Park (60), Frankie Muniz (33), Little Richard (86), Marisa Tomei (54), Jeff Bridges (69), Tyra Banks (45), Tony Todd (64), Pamela Stephenson (69), Jay Z (49), Amanda Seyfried (33), Brendan Fraser (50), Julianne Moore (58), Daryl Hannah (58), Jean-Luc Godard (88), Ozzy Osbourne (70), Lucy Liu (50), Britney Spears (37) and Connie Booth (78).