November 2, 1984
Raleigh, North Carolina
Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed by lethal injection at the age of 52
Barfield confessed to killing 6 people by poisoning, including elderly patients in her care, her mother, and her fiancé. She was sentenced to death for the murders, the first woman executed by lethal injection and the first woman executed after the resumption of capital punishment in the United States (capital punishment was reinstated in 1976; Barfield was apprehended in 1978). She requested a last meal of a 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola and a bag of Cheez Doodles.