The stepdaughter of Teresa Lewis, the last woman executed in the United States, speaks out about the murders of her father and brother and what it was like to witness the execution of her stepmother.
Kathy Clifton’s stepmother was put to death by lethal injection in February 2010 for arranging the murders of Clifton’s father and brother in October 2002.
“Why did you decide to attend the execution?” Grace asked.
“I did attend to get some closure from the trial. I attended for my father and brother because they couldn’t be there,” Clifton said.
“When executed, isn’t it true that the defendant drifts off, they go to sleep?” Grace asked.
“Yes. It’s almost like if you go in for surgery, how they put you to sleep before they take you in for surgery. It’s actually easier than that. Compared to the destruction that was brought, she went to sleep and she didn’t have to worry about anything. She wasn’t in any pain. She was in a secure environment. She just went to sleep,” Clifton said.
“How do you feel when you look back?” Grace asked.
“The execution for her was entirely too easy. She didn’t suffer. She has nothing else to deal with after that. My father fought for hours before he actually passed away. My brother’s life was taken with the first shot. She went to sleep. She didn’t suffer anything. The only justice that was actually served was final closure and knowing that she would have to face ultimate justice,” she said.