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First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County

Famous Last Words William H. Lipsey Coloma, California November 3, 1854 “Make the time as short as you can, for I am fainting.” Lipsey had killed a man named Powelson by stabbing him in the chest during a brawl, bragging as the cleaned his knife that he had “stuck it into him that far and… Continue reading First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County

Executions · Famous Last Words · New York · Political

FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words Major John André Tappan, New York October 2, 1780 “I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.” Maj. André was hanged for as a spy for assisting Major General Benedict Arnold in his attempt to surrender to the British. He requested to be executed by firing squad, believing it… Continue reading FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner