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Friday 2nd of September 1983

41 years ago He Banged His Head Eleven Times

Child killer Jimmy Lee Gray is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 34 in Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, United States.

The gas chamber used in Mississippi had a vertical iron bar directly behind the inmate's chair. There was no headrest or strap used to restrain Gray's head. As Gray began breathing in the toxic gas he started thrashing his head around, striking the iron bar repeatedly before he finally lost consciousness. "Gray died banging his head against a steel pole in the gas chamber while reporters counted his moans" (eleven according to the Associated Press).