This local newsman has witnessed every Florida execution since Ted Bundy


When reporters shuffle into Florida State Prison to cover an execution, they’re given a notepad and two pencils to take notes, and maybe a bit of an education from John Koch. ...

A radio journalist since the 1970s, he has been a press witness to Florida executions since 1989. By his count, he has seen 81 of them. The tally includes 25 who died in the electric chair, and 55 who were killed by lethal injection. Two were women. A handful were botched.

The work, he said, is no hobby.

“The reason I do this,” he said, “is that I do a damn good job in 38 seconds to tell you what the state is doing in your name.”

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