Shortly before each execution in Missouri, a high-ranking corrections official takes envelopes filled with thousands of dollars in cash to the state’s executioners. The cash limits the paper trail — and helps keep the identities of the executioners hidden.
Most of the envelopes are filled with hundred dollar bills. And on the outside, the envelopes carry instructions: They aren’t to be opened until “completion of services rendered.” Continue reading: Buzzfeed
Follow-up article, Feb. 1: Missouri Corrections Head Defends Cash Payments Before State Legislature