If the road towards the first electric chair was paved with business and blood, then what about today? Let's follow the money.
Before diversifying into the manufacture of execution equipment, Mr Leuchter was a military arms dealer.
These days, he supplies both electric chair and lethal injection apparatus, which he considers to be a 'humanitarian' gesture. (Not to mention 20% profit on all spare parts.)
But his most notorious claim to fame came after he testified in a Canadian court of law that the Holocaust did not happen. His findings became internationally known as that infamous document, The Leuchter Report.
Now utterly discredited*, the report described how Leuchter had visited Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. As the chief provider of American execution equipment, he stated that none of those Death Camps could possibly have been used to kill a single inmate. From an engineering perspective, he alleged, there was no evidence that they had been.
Fred Leuchter Associates was also criticized, in 1990, for 'unorthodox business practices'. The Assistant Attorney General of Alabama, Ed Carnes, appeared on Newsweek to report what was happening here. It seemed that if a certain state refused to purchase execution apparatus off the company, then Mr Leuchter would rush to the courts.
He would use his expert knowledge to determine that the execution chamber would malfunction, thus it was not fit for purpose. By American law, this would result in a stay of execution, while the issue was investigated.
Naturally all of this finally led to Leuchter being investigated by the state of Massachusetts, where he lives. A prosecution was swiftly forthcoming. It turned out that he had no qualifications whatsoever, which entitled him to either manufacture electric chairs nor speak as an expert witness on executions.
Nevertheless, it's still his electric chairs which are used in most US states, where such a mode of execution is permissible. So let's hear from him how it all works.
* For the record, Professor Jan Markiewicz, Director of the Forensic Institute of Kracow, re-examined all of the aforementioned Death Camps. He proved conclusively that they had indeed been used for the extermination of millions of inmates.