One man has witnessed far too many executions for the last 25 years.
It’s the type of show most people probably wouldn’t want to see, but for reporter John Koch, watching real life executions has become an integral part of his job.
Koch has witnessed every single execution in the state of Florida over the course of two and a half decades. His position as a radio personality since the mid 1970s in the Live Oak area, gives him access into prisons to watch as inmates are put to death.
The Florida Department of Corrections permits reporters to serve as witnesses to executions. Although he hasn’t missed one prisoner death, he doesn’t do it for enjoyment.
Koch’s job while visiting prisons is to record audio bits and jot down notes concerning everything he sees. Ted Bundy was one of the many inmates he watched being put to death.
Said Koch "It's gory. I hate it. It's not fun watching people die whether they deserve it or not. I can feel the soul being wrenched early before it's time. I sense all of that, but I put that aside and I've got 30 seconds to tell you a very important story."
Despite the emotions, Koch does everything he can to refrain from judgment and focus solely on the note taking task at hand.