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Saturday, April 7, 2012

G - Gallows

The first state conducted hanging was in 1893 of Jose Gabrill at San Quentin prison.
Many hangings took place in both San Quentin and Folsom prison.

Many a poor man found himself on the back of a horse with a rope around his neck and a tree and met his death in this fashion but most of these were illegal.

In 1937 Legislation replaced capitol punishment of hanging to the method of the gas chamber.
In 1996 the gas chamber was consider cruel punishment and replaced by Lethal injection.

The last man legally hung in the United States was Bill Bailey (nothing to do with the song "Won't you come home Bill Bailey)  in Delaware and it was by his choice. He did not want lethal injection.

These gallows are maintained  in Tombstone, Arizona........ Not for use but for memory.

9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i couldn't imagine the fear, anticipation, dread, pain...

Nancy said...

Interesting history.

Granny Annie said...

The most famous hangman of our area was Judge Isaac Parker of Ft. Smith, Arkansas known as The Hanging Judge. The museum there is worth a visit and if my memory serves me correctly, there is still a gallows there. Judge Parker quote: "I never hanged a man, it was the law."

I am betting no one else is using the letter "G" for gallows! LOL

Elliot Grace said...

...just finished scrolling down, reading your past posts, and enjoyed them all.

Sharing your passion for eagles, your E word was my favorite, but liked them all nonetheless ;)

Well done!

El

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Someone would choose hanging over injection? That is one intense needle phobia.

Inger said...

I didn't remember that the gas chamber was around until 1996. And I love the comment by L. Diane Wolfe above. I think I have to check out her blog. That is so funny!

Michelle said...

You are posting some great entries! Love this one as well!

Dianna Fielding said...

What a harsh time. Any capital punishment seems too harsh to me, but there you go.

Good luck with the challenge!

Dianna Fielding
Sociologyfornerds.com

Catherine Noble said...

The worst part about the hangings (apart from the act itself), to me, is how massive crowds used to gather and jeer and watch people die. So awful! I dread to think how many were wrongly convicted too!