This week in 1912

December 7th, 2012 by admin

“Gentlemen, I presume you have come here to witness the execution of a murderer but while that is the word for my crime, I am not a murderer at heart. But the law requires my execution, and I am ready.”

— Edward Delehante (aka Delahanty) , convicted of murder, hanging, California.
Executed December 6, 1912

Delehante was already serving a fourteen-year assault charge in San Quentin when the murder took place. As the prisoners lined up for breakfast one morning, Delehante stabbed two men, one of whom, William Kaufman, died from his wounds. Delehante’s defense rested on the accusation that Kaufman had teased him to the point of madness.

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