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Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas hold the dubious distinction of being last two Canadians to be executed by the government. They were both hanged on December 11, 1962 (for separate murders) at the Don Jail in Toronto. There were no executions from then on, although the law banning executions in Canada did not go into effect until 1976.

The executioner who “serviced” Turpin and Lucas, is seen here in this interview. He offers his own opinions about capital punishment, and also explains why hanging is more humane than the electric chair.