The 44-year old Burmese drug lord Naw Kham and three of his drug lord buddies were convicted of violently murdering 13 Chinese fishermen in October 2011. The incident, since dubbed the “Mekong River Massacre,” occurred when Kham and his henchmen were trying to hijack a ship filled with millions of dollars worth of methamphetamines. Kham’s crew stole the pills and shot or stabbed the fisherman, leaving them for dead. The point is, this Kham guy is a huge asshole. Luckily he was arrested and convicted in late 2012. And last Friday, his execution was televised live on China’s state television network. While they didn’t air the actual lethal injection, cameras followed Kham during his last moments and even broadcast a “chilling” interview with the killer. From the LA Times:
The live coverage showed the men being taken from their prison cells in southwestern Yunnan Province with their hands trussed behind their backs with ropes. A doctor in a white coat prepared the lethal injections.
At one point, the television broadcast cut away to show a gala-style award ceremony complete with patriotic music and small children carrying bouquets for the investigators who had worked on capturing the drug traffickers.
Chinese television also broadcast a chilling interview with Naw Kham taped earlier this week in which he said, "I am afraid of death. I want to live. I don't want to die. I have children. I am afraid."
This is why I wish we captured Bin Laden instead of killed him. In fact I’d take it a step further and put his execution on pay-per-view. We could have paid off the entire Iraq war with one two-hour special. First we'd show a 15 minute retrospective on 9/11, followed by news clips about the hunt for Bin Laden, followed by a 30 minute interview where Matt Lauer talks to Bin Laden like he's his disappointed father (the way Matt Lauer does), followed by the live execution. We could incorporate product placement - the Red Bull Lethal Injection or the Amish Fireplace Cremation. “Hey Bin Laden, while you’re burning up for all eternity in the pits of Hell, stay cool on the outside with Gillette Speed Stick!” Then we charge $49.99 a household and boom, budget deficit solved.