11 January 1985 – Joseph Carl Shaw
Condemned necrophiliac Joseph Carl Shaw was the first person to be executed in South Carolina since the penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Shaw, or JC to his friends, was slammed in the electric chair for repeatedly raping 14-year-old Carlotta Hartness and killing her, plus her 17-year-old boyfriend Thomas Scofield Taylor, in 1977. He is even said to have returned to the scene of the crime repeatedly over the next few days to have sex with Hartness’ rotting corpse.
Shaw was electrocuted at the Columbia Central Correctional Institution (CCI) on 11 January 1985, aged 35.
Another accomplice was James Terry Roach, who was executed just under a year later.