Howard related because it's SHOCKiNG at how shitty the show has become! Nicknamed "Old Sparky" the chair was built in the early 1900's. Presumably of Gallows wood. Over 200 have sat in it for a last ride. Most of the executions took place at the old Spring Street Va State Prison in Richmond. Closed and razed in the early 1990's. Today Old Sparky resides in Garret Va at the prison there. And the protocal is the same. The condemned is held the night before in a "death cell" closely watched. After visits from family and clergy, the hour approaches. Finally the condemned is led into the "death chamber" before witnesses and strapped into the chair, there is a key switch on the wall behind the chair turned to OFF for safety.The condemned then is read the order of the court by the Warden and allowed a few last words. The condemned has already had their head and ankle shaved. A salt water wet sea sponge is placed on the condemned's head, A bizzare helmet looking like a old 1800's Admirals hat that is in two pieces with a spring to hold it together is placed on the skull and a head strap fastened. A copper electrode is inside on the top of the helmet. The "death mask" of thick leather with only a small triangle nose hole is strapped around the head to the support on the rear of the chair. A spring clamp with a copper conductor is quickly placed on the ankle with a wet salt water sponge inside for the electric ground. A electric cable is then attached to the helmet and a nod from the guard that all is ready. The condemned breathes heavily at this point aware that any second the jolt will come. The guard behind the chair turns the key switch to on. A secret signal from the Warden and female eyes from the executioners room behind the chair view the sceen from a small glass window. A slim finger with red painted nails and the word "Hannah" push a button on a General Electric custom made electric control panel. A button with a sign EXECUTE. The automatic operating panel then feeds 600 volts at 10 amps to the condemned for 60 seconds, then it turns off and repetes the cycle. The guard behind the chair turns the key OFF. A Dr comes forth and states "this man is dead" . the Warden intones to the witnesses that "The Order of the Court has been executed upon the condemmed". The witness file out. Guards remove the body after a period and take it to a room behind the death chamber. In this room, the "cooling room" the condemmed is laid out with sand bags on the arms and legs for a hour to keep them stright and from curling up.. Then The undertaker is summoned to remove the body..to a paupers grave..