24 January 1992 – Ricky Ray Rector
Hardly the slickest or quickest of exits took place on this day in 1992. It took 50 minutes to find a suitable vein in order to give Ricky Ray Rector his lethal injection.
The American was executed in Arkansas, aged 42 for murdering policeman Robert Martin and a shopper, when he was doing over a corner shop in an armed robbery.
He also managed to shoot himself in the head at the same time, the result of which was tantamount to a frontal lobotomy.
When he recovered he never regained an IQ over 70. So, poignantly, on the night of his execution, Rector apparently saved himself a piece of pecan pie for the next day…