This week in 1879

December 5th, 2012 by admin

“I forgive my enemies.”

— Andrew Tracy, convicted of murder, hanging, Pennsylvania.
Executed December 4, 1879

Tracy murdered his cousin after she refused to marry him. During his execution, Tracy’s noose was not tied properly, and he fell seven feet to the ground. With his hands tied, Tracy was unable to catch himself, and he lost consciousness. When the sheriff picked him up, Tracy woke up and said his last words. They tied the rope around his neck, whereupon he fainted again and died without regaining consciousness.

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