On This Day in 1958: Virgil Richardson, cop killer and Sing Sing’s 600th electrocution.
The chances are that former clerk Virgil Richardson isn’t a familiar name today. To NYPD officers in 1956 (and especially the family of Patrolman William Long) his name was all too familiar. Virgil Richardson was Patrolman Long’s murderer and later the 600th convict to sit in Sing Sing’s electric chair. Only fourteen more would follow…
On This Day in 1934; Alcatraz officially opens.
b “We are looking forward to great things from Alcatraz.” – Attorney-General Homer Cummings at the official opening in 1934. “Alcatraz was never no good for nobody.” – Convict Frank Weatherman, Number AZ1576, the last convict admitted to The Rock, on its closure in 1963. Alcatraz is 85 years old today. At least it’s 85…