Since statehood was achieved in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, 321 men and 2 women have been executed. The first of these post-statehood executions took place in Nevada on October 30, 1868, and the last took place in Utah on June 18, 2010. This text provides a case history for each execution, including details of the crimes committed, pursuits and captures, the particulars of the legal process, and the executions. There have been five methods of execution available in these states, and death by hanging, lethal gas, electrocution, firing squad and lethal injection are all represented.
R. Michael Wilson has been researching and writing about the history of the American West for more than a decade. A retired law enforcement officer, he is the author of numerous books on crime and capital punishment. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America.