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Delacroix vs Tafero

Discussion in 'The Green Mile' started by actonimpulses, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. actonimpulses

    actonimpulses New Member

    The Green Mile is one of my favorite books of all time
    I read it four years ago. Love the film, only movie I've ever seen to fit a book so well.
    Recently I learned about the Tafero execution(1976) where he caught on fire due to them using a synthetic sponge instead of a natural sea sponge. Inmates and guards complained that the smell of his burning flesh did not leave the prison for a long time.
    I was just very curious if this may have led to any inspiration to the Delacroix death?
  2. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. Green Mile is a favorite if mine, too. Inspiration comes from all kinds of places.
  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....glad you've joined us....and I wouldn't find it surprising that researching led to that grim morsel....plus, it was a concern of all of the old style executions in the chair....
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  5. demonllama2

    demonllama2 New Member

    In the 2014 book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, there are several mentions of people catching on fire as a result of electrocution. Only the one regarding a sponge though.
  6. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    green Mile is my favorite as well. I just love the character john Coffey.
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