New Yorker magazine examines the criminal history of Willie Lloyd Turner and the time he spent on death row in Virginia. "In 1984 he helped plan the largest successful death-row breakout in the history of American penology, then had decided not to escape himself ... During his many years on death row, Turner ... received numerous execution dates, heard his death warrant read three times and came within five hours of execution in the electric chair." He was finally put to death May 25, 1995, for a murder he committed 17 years earlier.
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