Idaho Dept. of Corrections couldn't seal the deal.

Most of us are familiar with the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But after what didn't transpire today in Idaho, it may be time to adopt a clever saying for the opposite.

Thomas Creech, 73, mass-murderer and long-time Idaho death row inmate, escaped execution for the 12th time on February 28. After the state's eight unsuccessful attempts to administer lethal injection, Creech walked back to his prison cell as if nothing had happened. Because nothing had happened.

Idaho needs an alternative to lethal injection. 

Every news outlet around the country is obsessing over the minutiae of what went wrong for the 12th time. But hyper-focusing on a problem as bizarre as this one is won't solve it.

If lethal injection isn't getting the job done 12 attempts later, why not implement a method that will?

It's not pretty, but death by firing squad would definitely end Creech's streak of luck. Idaho's but one shot away from delivering justice to the victims' families. So, why is the state dragging its feet on this?

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Idaho Department of Corrections

The 8 Criminals on Idaho's Death Row and Their Disgusting Crimes

Held in their 12'x7' cells 23 hours a day, these are the seven people currently on death row in Idaho. Idaho has performed three executions since 1977.

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FBI // Canva
FBI // Canva

Her Murder is One of Idaho's Most Horrific Cold Cases

There's no denying Idaho's dark and storied history with gruesome murders. From the tale of Garden City's real-life "Jack the Ripper," to the 2022 the University of Idaho massacre, Idaho is home to some of the nation's most notorious murderers.

Scroll for a recap of one of Idaho's most heartbreaking unsolved murders. 

Is This Unsolved Idaho Crime More Horrific Than Jeffrey Dahmer?

In 1979, 12-year-old Christina Lee White went missing in Asotin, Washington, and hasn’t been seen since. It was this disappearance that marked the beginning of what is known as the “Lewis Clark Valley murders” that plagued parts of Washington and Idaho from 1979 to 1982.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

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IDOT // Canva

Idaho's Tie to One of America's Most Brutal Murderers Will Break Your Heart

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Murder is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular spectator sports. People want to be as close as possible to the bloodied ruins of a crime scene without compromising the comfort and safety of their sofa. Distance is a shield.

But what if we told you Idaho has a close, even intimate connection with one of America's most depraved monsters? What if we told you he murdered a little girl just two hours away from Boise? Sadly, both are true.

If you're anything like us, the switch from fascinated spectator to horrified neighbor was instant. Suddenly, there's no distance between us and the serial killer. This happened in our own backyard.

Scroll for a recap & photos of Idaho's disturbing connection to Ted Bundy. 


Lynette Dawn Culver was a daughter, a little sister, and seventh-grader with her entire life ahead of her in the spring of 1975. Her bright future was cut short at the hand of one of America's most notorious serial murderers.

If you have a credible tip to share on the whereabouts of the remains of Lynette Dawn Culver, contact the Bannock County Sheriff's Office.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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