John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

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In the USA, for many years, maniacs and murderers were sent to the electric chair, carrying out death sentences. But in the 90s, the country's authorities seriously thought about the humanity of such a method of execution. And the story that happened to John Jubert, the famous American serial killer, served as the opening of the discussions.

The torment of the maniac marked the beginning of the widespread ban of electric chairs and the transition to lethal injections. So what was so terrible about Jubert? Read in our material.

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

John Jubert was born on July 2, 1963 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. When the boy turned 6 years old, his parents divorced, and John stayed to live with his mother. The mother did not allow the child to see his father, but sometimes he still managed to secretly come to the parent's house and walk around him for hours.

John grew up very lonely and aloof, always "on his own wave". The boy had no friends at all, and his main entertainment was reading, including crime magazines. It was from them that the future maniac learned how to properly hide evidence, confuse tracks and avoid punishment. Sometime this knowledge will be useful to John…

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

In 1974, John and his mother moved to Portland. It should be noted that Jubert's mother was quite despotic and even cruel. Every step of the child was controlled. The only place where he could feel at least a little free was school. It is not surprising that it was here that he experienced the first urge to inflict physical pain on other people. It happened completely by accident: one day John hit a classmate with a pencil and experienced the excitement of her screams.

The next day, for the same purpose, the boy cut another girl with a blade. Her pain gave John pleasure again. It is possible that such hatred of the opposite sex is somehow connected with the mental trauma that happened to him in childhood: back in his hometown, John was in a homosexual relationship with another boy and felt a strong sympathy for him, but he soon left.

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

However, soon Jubert's aggression began to spread to both girls and boys. The future killer once almost strangled a teenager, and then began to throw a knife at other children at school. Naturally, such aggressive behavior did not go unnoticed by the police. But then the guards decided that an educational conversation would be enough, and John was able to avoid punishment.

Unfortunately, the instructive conversations did not have the desired effect – already in 1982, Jubert committed his first murder. Then he just turned 19 years old. The victim was 11-year-old Richie Stetson. That day, the boy, as usual, went out for an evening run, but never returned home. Concerned parents contacted the police, and the next morning his corpse was found off the highway.

Experts concluded that the killer first tried to undress the child, but when nothing happened, stabbed him and strangled him. Soon the police got on the trail of Jubert, the guy was taken into custody. But the only evidence pointing to his guilt – the trace of teeth on the child's body - did not match the trace of John's teeth, so after a while the maniac was released.

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

The next time the victims of the criminal were already two children – one of them was cut off by Jubert's head. The killer was caught thanks to the testimony of several witnesses who saw John driving erratically in a car near the scene of the last crime. During a search in the madman's house, a rope with an unusual weave was found. The examination confirmed that one of the children was strangled with a wicker of this kind.

John Jubert is a serial maniac, because of whose torment the electric chair was canceled

At the trial, John confirmed his guilt, for which he was sentenced to death by electric chair. The sentence was put into effect only in 1996. During the process, something terrible happened – a 10-centimeter brain bubble swelled on the killer's head, and smaller bubbles covered the skin on the sides of the head just above the ears. The spectacle turned out to be so disgusting that it eventually opened another discussion about the humanity of this method of execution.

It should be noted that now the use of lethal injections is practiced in most US prisons, but in eight states it is still allowed to use the electric chair.

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