10 September 1990 – Charles Coleman
Charles Troy Coleman wanted to donate his organs in the spirit of saving lives after he was sentenced to death.
It seemed a fitting request after he’d been found guilty of murdering one John Seward in Oklahoma. His heart had already been earmarked.
So some good should have come of his early demise. He was finally put to death in 1990, thus making him the first person to be executed in Oklahoma since the penalty had been reinstated.
There was only one snag. Coleman was unable to donate his innards as they had been rendered useless – for the method of execution had been a lethal cocktail of drugs. Sadly, as a result, the 32-year-old’s death wish was denied.