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On This Day in 1890; William Kemmler – The World’s First Legal Electrocution.

August 6, 1890 saw the dawn of a new age for criminal history. At Auburn Prison in upstate New York there was the execution.of one William Kemmler, condemned for murdering girlfriend Matilda Ziegler with a hatchet. There was nothing remarkable about Kemmler (an alcoholic vegetable hawker with a vicious temper) or about his crime. There ...

On This Day in 1689; Judge Jeffreys, who gave them enough rope.

The original 'Hanging Judge' his name became a byword for bias, ruthlessness, callousness and cruelty, Jeffreys would die as a prisoner himself.

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George Kelly, falsely convicted and quickly hanged.

  For most crime buffs the name 'George Kelly' inspires memories of rattling Tommy guns, bank robberies and the kidnapping of Charles Urschel, all attributed to American crook George 'Machine Gun' Kelly. Kelly, a second-rate gangster at best, was made out to be far worse than he actually was, spending the remainder of his life ...