When death row executions go wrong: The shocking details of SEVEN capital punishment horror stories 18:28, 24 July 2014 By Christopher Bucktin As Arizona death row inmate, murderer Joseph Wood takes TWO HOURS to die after being given a lethal injection, we look at seven other botched executions Reuters Executed: Joseph Wood For those sentenced to death, the only consolation is that their execution will be quick and painless. Or at least it's supposed to be. In reality, some unfortunate inmates are subjected to a lengthy, excruciating and tormenting ordeal. On Wednesday, convicted murderer Joseph Wood, 55, writhed in agony for two hours after being administered a lethal injection in Arizona. His lawyers were so concerned about his gasping and snorting on the gurney that they requested an emergency stay of execution before he finally passed. But it isn't the first instance of a death row execution being badly botched. Ever since America reinstated capital punishment in 1997, death row executions have been marred by difficulties. Famously played out in the Tom Hanks film, The Green Mile, the electric chair led to the most gruesome of deaths for condemned inmates. Here, we look at some of the most controversial. Frank J. Coppola, August 10, 1982, Virginia Fried: Frank J Coppola It took two 55-second jolts of electricity to kill the cop turned murder. The second jolt produced the odour and sizzling sound of burning flesh, and murderer Coppola's head and leg caught on fire. Smoke filled the death chamber from floor to ceiling. William E. Vandiver, October 16, 1985, Indiana Still breathing: William E Vandiver After the first administration of 2,300 volts, murderer William E. Vandiver was still breathing. The execution eventually took 17 minutes and five jolts of electricity. The Department of Corrections admitted the execution "did not go according to plan." Raymond Landry, December 13, 1988, Texas Sprayed: Raymond Landry Murderer Raymond Landry was declared dead 40 minutes after being strapped to the execution gurney and 24 minutes after the drugs first started flowing into his arms. Two minutes after the drugs were administered, the syringe came out of Landry's vein, spraying the deadly chemicals across the room toward witnesses. Donald Eugene Harding, April 6, 1992, Arizona www.azcorrections.gov Thrashed: Donald Eugene Harding Double murderer Donald Eugene Harding’s death was not pronounced until almost 11 minutes after the cyanide tablets were added to a gas chamber. During the execution, Harding thrashed and struggled violently against the restraining straps. His death prompted the use of lethal injections in some states. Pedro Medina, March 25, 1997, Florida Flames: Pedro Medina Killer Pedro Medina execution saw a crown of flames shoot a foot above his head during his electrocution. Witnesses said the stench was unbearable leaving two dozen witnesses gagging. Like the execution in the Green Mile is was concluded the improper application of a sponge was to blame. Angel Diaz, December 13, 2006, Florida Squinting: Angel Diaz After the first injection was administered to Angel Diaz he continued to move, and was squinting and grimacing as he tried to mouth words. A second dose was then administered, and 34 minutes passed before the murderer and kidnapper was declared dead. The Medical Examiner ruled the problem had been the needle had gone through his vein and out the other side, so the deadly chemicals were injected into soft tissue. Clayton Lockett, April 29, 2014, Oklahoma Reuters Drug cocktail: Clayton Lockett Convicted murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett convulsed, clenched his teeth and struggled to talk during the 43 minutes it took him to die as the state tried out a new three-drug lethal cocktail.