On July 8, 1999, the execution of Allen Lee Davis drew nationwide media attention when the 300-pound triple murderer bled profusely from his nose while being electrocuted.

As the switch was thrown, Davis, who had been sentenced to death by electric chair for the murder of Nancy Weiler and her two daughters, reared back against the restraints, giving witnesses a glimpse under the black hood designed to hide the faces of the condemned. Blood poured from his vivid-purple nose, ran down the wide leather strap that covered his mouth, and soaked the killer’s shirt.

Allen Lee Davis Execution

After the power to Old Sparky was switched off, Davis was still alive. Witnesses said his chest rose and fell about 10 times before he went still.

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