I was hired as an execution consultant to teach US prison staff how to hang people

I was hired as an execution consultant to teach US prison staff how to hang people
May 17 16:23 2017 Print This Article

A Tory candidate’s senior aide has revealed he was hired by a US prison to teach staff how execute people by hanging.

Tony Homewood, who is Conservative election agent for Wakefield candidate Antony Calvert, was employed by the state of Washington as an “executions consultant in the 1990s.

Homewood told BBC Three Counties: “In the 90s, when the Americans hanged Westley Allan Dodd in Olympia, they didn’t really know how to do it, so they looked around for someone who knew something about hanging. And I was a recognised historian on British judicial executions.

“And they engaged me as a consultant.”

Host Jonathan Vernon-Smith was taken aback, saying: “You were a consultant executioner?”

Homewood said: “I was yes. For Scott Blonien, the [assistant] Attorney General at Walla Walla state prison.”

Vernon-Smith asked: “So they wanted to know how they could effectively hang people and kill them?

Homewood replied: “How to do it without strangling them to death, basically. Yeah.

“Unfortunately – or, you might say fortunately depending on your viewpoint – the courts in America ruled it to be cruel and unusual punishment, and there were only three in the 90s and then there were no more.”

Dodd was a serial killer and child molester, who has been called “one of the most evil killers in history.”

He was convicted for tying two 10 and 11 year old boys to a tree, raping them and then stabbing them to death. He abused and murdered a third child in his home.

Dodd chose hanging as his preferred method of execution, adding that he chose the method because it was how his final victim died.

He also asked for the execution to be televised, but the request was denied.

He called into the radio station to take part in a debate on moors murderer Ian Brady, arguing the serial killer should have been put to death for his crimes.

He argued Brady had been able to “torture” the mother of victim Keith Bennett, whose body was never found, by claiming for decades he knew where he was buried, but refusing to reveal the location.

“Personally, I think that ten quid for the executioner,” he said, “or 15 guineas by ’65, ’64, to have hung him at Manchester would have saved the world a lot of trouble as far as I’m concerned.”

Asked if he thought he could have conducted the execution himself, he said: “Yes, I could do it.”

The host asked him how he knew he could perform an execution: “Have you performed one? Have you killed someone?”

“That’s by the way,” he replied. “That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re here to talk about the death penalty and that’s carrying out the sentence of the court.”

He added: “Let’s put it this way, I orchestrated the execution of people in America and I didn’t lose any sleep over it. Maybe I’m wrong. Taking someone’s life…takes some doing, I’m sure it would have some effect.

“I’m very good at rationalising this sort of thing.”

He said he had been “instrumental” in the death of prisoners, but had not been there when the execution took place.

He told authorities how tight to tie the rope and how far to drop the prisoner, among other things.

He said: “Well, Westley Dodd hanged three children. So hey ho, I’m not particularly worried about it. I’m very good at detaching myself from these things, you know what I mean?”

He added that when he went to bed that night he was “sucking my thumb like a baby. It didn’t bother me at all.”

He boasted he had been told by the assistant Attorney General that the execution had been one of the quickest he’d ever seen.

But he denied he was unemotional. “I’ve got Grandchildren,” he said. “And I love them to death.”

He said he wouldn’t want to do the job every day, and he wouldn’t want to hang people “willy nilly.”

He said he advised executioners on a second prisoner, who they were concerned about hanging because he was overweight.

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