Joseph Paul Jernigan
|Joseph Paul Jernigan|
January 31, 1954|
August 5, 1993 (aged 39)|
|Criminal penalty||Death by lethal injection|
In 1981, Jernigan was found guilty of "cold-blooded murder" and sentenced to death for killing Edward Hale, a 75-year-old homeowner who discovered Jernigan and an accomplice as they were burglarizing his home. Jernigan spent 12 years in prison before his final plea for clemency was denied. At the prompting of a prison chaplain, he agreed to donate his body for scientific research or medical use. His cadaver was sectioned and photographed for the Visible Human Project and the University of Colorado School of Medicine by Dr. Vic Spitzer and associates. He is the subject of an HBO documentary Virtual Corpse and also appeared on the British video game TV series, GamesMaster's gore special.
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- Johnston, Jessica (2001). The American Body in Context: An Anthology. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 241–255. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- Garling, Caleb. "Killer's Corpse Lives Again in Ghostly Time-Lapse Photos". Wired. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- Offender Information at the Wayback Machine (archived November 20, 2007). Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on 2007-11-20.
- Final Meal Requests at the Wayback Machine (archived December 2, 2003). Texas Department of Criminal Justice (2003-09-12). Archived from the original on 2003-12-02. Retrieved on 2007-11-20.
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