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NPR uncovered secret execution tapes from Virginia. More remain hidden

Wilbert Lee Evans (left) and Alton Waye were executed in 1990 and 1989. NPR obtained tapes that recorded their deaths. You can hear them below.

Four tapes mysteriously donated to a library reveal uncertainty behind the scenes of the death chamber — and indicate the prison neglected to record evidence during an execution gone wrong.

(Image credit: Library of Virginia)

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