This week in 1901

October 15th, 2012 by admin

“I killed the president because he was an enemy of the good people—of the working people. I am not sorry for my crime. I’m awfully sorry I could not see my father.”

— Leon Frank Czolgosz (aka Leon Frans Czolgosz), convicted of murder, electric chair, New York.
Executed October 29, 1901

Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley after waiting in line to shake his hand in Buffalo. Czolgosz’s reasons for doing so were not entirely clear, though he did express grievances against the United States and claim that the American dream was a lie. Eight weeks after the murder, he was electrocuted; his body was dissolved in acid as it was buried.

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