100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

7 Die In Electric Chair In New York

In July 1911 John Collins was drinking and firing off his revolver. Police reponded and when they broke down his door, Collin shot and killed officer Michael Lynch. He was convicted in the shooting. In October 1911 John Ferrone’s wife left him because of his mistreatment and fled to Philadelphia. He lured her back to New York by claiming the children were sick. When she returned to see the children he slit her throat. He was convicted of first degree murder.

In November 1911 5 men sought to rob the home of Mrs John Griffin in Griffin’s Corner, Westchester County, New York. The 5 had been working on an aqueduct nearby and believed the home had $3,000. The waited the night in the woods and in the morning descended on the house finding only women there including Mrs. Mary Hall, wife of Henry Hall the pipe boss on the aqueduct project. One of the group stabbed her to death. The rest panicked and they all fled. Authorities surrounded the area and the were all captured. They were all convicted.

The History of the electric chair : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=314375925265493&set=a.189903124379441.35396.189896404380113&type=3&theater

On August 12, 1912 all 7 convicts were put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing, the New York penetentiary at Ossining, New York, in the space of a little more than an hour. This is the largest number of people to be executed by electricity on any one day.

The electric chair at Sing Sing
New York penetentiary at Ossining, New York

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