17 July 1996 – John Joubert
At an early age he discovered a predilection for bullying, perhaps fuelled by a pure hatred for his mum. He discovered that he derived sexual kicks from hurting people, which led to two unsolicited attacks on youngsters, for which he was never caught.
Soon enough he turned to more serious crimes where he would torture then force his two young victims to strip before he stabbed them viciously to death. He was eventually charged with Danny Eberle and Christopher Walden’s murders. However, Richard Stetson may well have been his first.
Damning sightings of his car, plus rope used in one of the crimes linked our man to the bodies of the two boys and ensured that Joubert was found guilty of killing Eberle and Walden.
And for his unsavoury endeavours, he earned the ultimate penalty.
Fight for life
However, Joubert wasn’t going down without an all-mighty fight. Nebraska, up until recently, was the only US state left using electrocution as a dispatch method, and Joubert put his best efforts into securing an appeal based on violation of his rights, prompted by the inhumanity of Old Sparky.
Yet his arguments wouldn’t wash ‘because Joubert failed to prove that the Board’s conduct, proceedings, or makeup violated a constitutionally protected right’, according to findings from the Court of Appeals.
As a result, a date with the chair had electrifying results, including a ‘4-inch brain blister’, plus two more either side of his 33-year-old head, according to Wikipedia.
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This case may well have got the state thinking because roughly 12 years on, Nebraska may be on the brink of ditching the penalty. It currently has no active law, due to a 2008 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that declared the use of electrocution conflicts with State constitution.