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Ohio Executes Nazi-Sympathizing Killer


This undated photo shows Frank Spisak - a neo-Nazi who shot two men and a teen to death at Cleveland State University more than a quarter-century ago in a shooting spree that targeted blacks - executed by the state of Ohio, February 17, 2011

This undated photo shows Frank Spisak - a neo-Nazi who shot two men and a teen to death at Cleveland State University more than a quarter-century ago in a shooting spree that targeted blacks - executed by the state of Ohio, February 17, 2011

The U.S. state of Ohio has executed a Nazi sympathizer who killed three people on a college campus nearly 30 years ago.

Frank Spisak read Bible verses in German before being put to death by lethal injection Thursday. Spisak was Ohio's longest-serving death row inmate, spending more than 27 years there following his conviction.

He was the last inmate in Ohio put to death using the drug sodium thiopental. The drug is in short supply after the only U.S. manufacturer stopped producing it this year.

He shot to death three people on the campus of Cleveland State University in a rampage in 1982 that targeted blacks.

During his trial, Spisak had a Hitler-style mustache and gave Nazi salutes to the courtroom. Spisak, who cross-dressed and identified himself as a woman, said he had been hoping to spark a race war in the city of Cleveland with his "hunting parties" targeting blacks.

He lost numerous appeals for mercy on the grounds he suffered from mental illness, gender confusion and did not receive a proper defense at his trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a final appeal by Spisak, in which he asked to delay the execution so he could raise questions about the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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