Newly Published Open Letter by Dr. Ira Williams Offers a Painless and Humane Method for Legal Executions

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The answer lies in the tragic death of golfer Payne Stewart and technology by the US Air Force.

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“This method avoids the need for drugs, bullets, high-voltage electricity, or a sharp blade dropped from a sufficient height.”

How do the 1999 tragic death of a world-renowned golfer and the recent highly criticized execution of a convicted Ohio inmate provide the clues for offering the most painless and humane method for future legal executions? The US Air Force provides the method, and Dr. Ira Williams, author of “Find The Black Box” provides the answer in a newly published open letter to those left to make such difficult decisions at

Payne Stewart, a two-time US open golf champ champion and five other individuals, two crewmembers and three other passengers, plunged to their deaths in a South Dakota field after a four hour pilotless flight in a Lear 35 jet aircraft. Dr. Williams shows how this tragic event can contribute to a better understanding of a painless and humane method for legal executions on his web site (

“Hypobaric pressure chambers, as used by the US Air Force for over sixty years, have demonstrated the painless, and depending upon relative altitude when tested by individuals, very rapid loss of consciousness that could also lead to death,” says Dr. Williams. “Payne Stewart, and all other occupants on his jet plane, peacefully lost consciousness, and rapidly lost their lives due to the failure of that airplane’s pressurization system while flying at high altitude. They all had been dead long before their airplane ran out of fuel and crashed into a field in South Dakota on Oct. 25, 1999.”

Dr. Ira Williams, author of “Find The Black Box” ( provides details in an open letter on his web site as to why hypobaric chambers offer solutions for every consideration regarding how a state can provide a painless and humane method of legal execution, and why he is qualified to offer such a method for respectful consideration.

Dr. Williams uses his experiences in military aviation, and surgery and anesthesiology, plus personal events and applies the lessons learned to current highly conflicted public concerns. Those seeking additional details are invited to visit the web site and review his Open Letter #1 for more details.

Dr. Williams is a USAF Ret. Res. major, senior navigator/bombardier, private pilot, board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon and anesthesiologist, and author of three books on healthcare. He solely organized the first major surgical mini-residency of any surgical specialty for the surgical correction of facial deformities in Madison, WI in June 1970.

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