In Tennessee, Death Row just became a little more festive today, as the Tennessee Department of Correction dyed its lethal injections green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
“Some of us with Irish blood say that we bleed green,” said Department of Correction representative Eoghan Maeleachlainn, who was dressed like a leprechaun. “Well, these convicted criminals about to receive the death penalty will literally have green running through their veins, after they receive these lethal injections.”
Lethal injections have been increasingly difficult to procure, due to export restrictions upon European pharmaceutical companies for such drugs, making such occasions even more special, and in 2014, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill to allow the use of the electric chair for executions, should lethal injections be unavailable.
In addition to the Death Row inmates receiving their requested last meals, they will also receive a green mint-flavored McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.
“Today, these hardened criminals will be slain. Or should I say: Sláinte!” said Maeleachlainn, while raising a pint of Guinness.