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Today in Crime History: First man sentenced to death by electrocution

William Kemmler, having been convicted of drunkenly killing his girlfriend with an ax, was sentenced on May 13, 1889, to become the first person to die in the electric chair. After attempts to thwart the execution on the basis of it being “cruel and unusual punishment” were defeated, Kemmler was executed under what the New York Times called “revolting circumstances.”

Today in Crime History: Seven Inmates Executed at Sing Sing Prison

On August 12, 1912, a record seven executions were performed at Sing Sing Prison. A newspaper, reported the event saying, “In Sing Sing prison Monday morning there were put to death seven men, the greatest number at any one time in the history of executions by electricity.”

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