13 March 1985 – Stephen Morin
It took 40 minutes to find a vein to inject serial rapist and killer, Stephen Peter Morin with his killer injection on this day in 1985.
He’d been found guilty of raping and killing three women. But that was just the surface of a whole ream of crimes.
Morin would cruise along in his specially soundproofed van, trawling the streets of the mid-West looking for victims and he found over 30 to rape and torture during his twisted campaign.
Sadly, he was only ever convicted of murdering just three women, one of whom was Carrie Marie Scott, who he killed in 1981 as he was trying to steal her car.
It did emerge later that he’d killed others and he was done for a further two slayings – Janna Bruce in Corpus Christi and Shelia Whalen in Colorado.
Just four years after Scott’s murder, Stephen Peter Morin was executed by lethal injection in Texas after pleading guilty. But it was not a straightforward death. Due to Morin’s prolific drug abuse, it took his executioners a full 45 minutes to find a suitable vein.
They finally found one after searching all four of his limbs for some time, but not before they started considering plan B…where they would have had to splice open the 34-year-old’s arm to expose the veins.