Over 300 years of crime & punishment in America. From the first Pilgrims hanged in 1630 up to Ted Bundy in 1989 legal executions are detailed. Evolution of the five methods of execution used in the US. Notorious killers, death row, final hours, last words, clothes they wore, last meal, how the executions went, the executioners, highlights of the trials. A look at the death sentence, is it effective as a deterrent to crime? Certainly it deters the murderer who is executed, but does it deter others from murdering? Scholary, exhaustive work, index, over 400 pp's.