One thousand, four hundred and forty eight prisoners have been executed in the United States over the past 30 years.
Teresa Clark has watched three strangers die. She and her husband Larry, 63, have been attending executions together since 1998.
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Larry attended his first execution by himself and Teresa told the BBC that he was “very curious”.
“I dropped him off and I asked him all kinds of questions,” she says. “Afterwards he said, ‘You gotta see this’.”
So in 1998, the couple, who own a chimney sweeping business together, made the “nervous journey” to watch the execution of Douglas Buchanan Jr, who had been convicted of murdering his father, stepmother and two step brothers.
In Virginia where the Clark’s live, as well as some other death penalty states, witnesses like Teresa and Larry are a legal necessity – the law requires people with no connection to the crime to attend each execution.