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Child Killer Westley Allan Dodd

Labor Day, September 4, 1989, one of the darkest days in the annals of crime history: the day that Dodd launched his murderous plan to abduct, rape and torture little children.

Today in Crime History: Westley Allan Dodd is Hanged

On January 5, 1993, child rapist and killer Dodd became the first inmate legally executed by hanging in the U.S. since 1965. His last words were, "I was once asked by somebody, I don’t remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, ‘No.’ I was wrong."

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