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America’s Last Public Execution

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Jul 2019

This shocking photo was taken on August 14th, 1936, just before the last public execution in the United States was carried out. The man scheduled for death that day was Rainey Bethea, who’d confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old woman.

Surprisingly they say 20,000 people watched the execution. Mistakes were made in performing the hanging, and the surrounding media circus, contributed to the end of public executions in the United States.

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