This week in 1896

December 30th, 2012 by admin

“You never killed a gamer man in all your life than you will today.”

— Patrick Coughlin, convicted of murder, firing squad, Utah.
Executed December 15, 1896

Coughlin moved from Massachusetts to Utah with the construction of the Union Pacific railroad. Described as an angry child, hem had accumulated numerous charges by age twenty-one. Coughlin and an accomplice were convicted of killing two law officers. He was offered the choice between hanging and firing squad. Coughlin chose the latter.

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