This week in 1943

May 4th, 2013 by admin

“O Heavenly Father, they have crucified an innocent girl and now they are going to crucify an innocent man.”

— Eli Shonbrun (alias Ted Leopold), convicted of robbery and murder, electric chair, New York.
Executed April 29, 1943

The “innocent girl” in Shonbrun’s last statement was Madeline Webb, his accomplice, who was convicted but not sentenced to death with him in the murder of Susan Flora Reich. Webb had asked permission from the state to marry Shonbrun while incarcerated but was denied.

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