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Dec 16, 1897

Ripley was the site of West Virginia's last public hanging

Other events that happened on or around December 16, 1897

Feb 18, 1899

Governor Atkinson signed bill for capital punishment to be performed only in Moundsville

1918

J. Howard Holt published Crime and Punishment, a pamphlet opposing the death penalty

Other events that happened on or around 1918

1949

West Virginia chose electric chair over hanging for capital punishment

Other events that happened on or around 1949

1951

Harry Atlee Burdette and Fred Clifford Painter first to be put to death via electric chair in West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1951

1965

Governor Smith signed bill to end death penalty in West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1965


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