March 13th, 2010 Headsman
On this date in 1985, Texas executed serial killer Stephen Morin for murdering and robbing Carrie Marie Scott in 1981 — one of at least three, and up to thirty, of his victims, most of whom were (unlike Scott) abducted for rape and kindred brutalizing.
Just the sixth person executed in Texas under its modern death penalty regime, Morin was an IV drug addict.
Death chamber technicians required 40-plus minutes to bore through the resultant scar tissue well enough to poison Morin. He’s been a bullet point on the anti-lethal injection brief ever since. (Oddly, Morin’s execution is not on this list of recent botches.)
But Morin’s most prominent afterlife is a very different object lesson: not medical ethics, but spiritual warfare.
It seems the last woman he kidnapped, Margy Mayfield, survived the encounter by converting the desperate fugitive to evangelical Christianity; this story is still stocked and sold by Focus on the Family. This is Mayfield’s own account of their meeting.
To judge by his last statement, Morin took his conversion to the gurney.
But others who knew Morin better in life (and, creepily, helped him soundproof his murder-mobile) … are a bit more skeptical about him.
Also on this date
- 1569: Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Conde, at the Battle of Jarnac
- 1493: Peter Dane, in the Sternberger Hostienschänderprozess
- 1996: Thomas Reckley, the first in Bahamas in 12 years
- 1956: Jesus Maria de Galindez
- 2005: A gay couple in Saudi Arabia
- 1858: Felice Orsini, Italian revolutionary
- 1998: Bahram Khan, by his victim's brother