On May 10, 2002 at 11.52 p.m. the 54 years old
murderess walked willingly to her execution
wearing a white prison outfit. Lynda wore a black
hood over her shaven head, an she wore light
makeup, with mascara and a light shade of pink
Lynda seemed to be somber, and somewhat stoic.
She never displayed any emotion throughout the
very end. Her eyes was very wide, and her stare
was a very blank, emotionless stare.
A black veil was pulled over her head leaving her
shaved scull bare. While she was strapped to the
chair the death warrant was read. She was asked if
she had any final statement, and she said "No".
At 12.01 a.m. the execution began. A 2,050-volt
shock for 20 seconds made Lynda clenche her
fists, while her body tensed and steam came from
the sponge on her head and the electrode on her
left leg. She then received 250 volts for 100
seconds. At 12.10 a.m. Lynda was declaired dead.
Department of Corrections Commissioner Michael
Haley said Lynda's execution was routine. "There
was never any unexpected incidents."
Lynda's expectations - in her own words:
"Execution by electric chair is gruesome. They
shave your head so they can attach the electrodes
to bare skin. They shove up cotton in your
rectum and put an adult diaper on you because
the charge of electricity through your body
causes your bladder and intestines to evacuate.
They put a hood over your face because the jolt
of 2,000 volts causes your face to contort and
your eyeballs to explode".
In 2002 it was generally accepted that being
roasted in the electric chair is anything but a easy
and painless death.
If Lynda had been the slightest cooperative, she
could have chosen lethal injection.
She desliked the concept of being electrocuted,
but her political ideas made her prefer to "Ride
the lightning", a ride into eternity along with the
An entire century of using electricity on criminal
women was concluded.
The Last Rider
In 1993 Lynda Lyon was on the run after having
stabbed her ex-husband. Upon being stopped by the
police, she and her common-law husband George
Sibley shot a police officer.
Lynda was condemned to die in Alabama's infamous
electric chair, called "Big Yellow Mama".
Lynda never used her options to appeal. She vould
rather endure electrocution despite she considered this
method "gruesome", than to compromise her
Two days before her execution Lynda launched a
religious fast and refused a final meal. She consumed
only water and milk.
After Lynda's electrocution her husband George Sibley
seeked the appeal she denied herself. He described her
as a good but dominant wife.
Being a libertarian Lynda wanted to draw attention to
her political views, and her case made her known:
The last rider - of the lightning!