Serial killer Michael Bruce Ross was pronounced dead at 2:25 a.m. today, reports the Hartford Courant. It was New England’s first execution in 45 years. Ross had until 2:01 to call off the execution by saying he wanted to pursue more appeals. He did not, and lethal drugs coursed through his veins.
Nearly 300 death penalty opponents marched to the driveway of the prison where Ross was executed. Candlelight highlighted expressions that ranged from tearful to stoic. At 11 p.m., the U.S. Supreme Court rejected efforts by two defense lawyers to halt the execution. Ross was a 25-year-old insurance agent in June 1984 when he confessed to kidnapping, raping, and killing young women over a three-year period. His victims ranged in age from 14 to 25. For the families of his victims, the execution ended 21 years of court proceedings and the endless publicity surrounding Ross, a Cornell College graduate who wrote prolifically from prison and was published in magazines and professional journals.