This week in 1920

May 21st, 2013 by admin

“I am innocent of this crime. Let us hope and pray they will never do this thing to another man, innocent or guilty.”

— Richard “Rickey” Harrison, convicted of murder, electric chair, New York.
Executed May 13, 1920

As Harrison and four other gunmen robbed a private Manhattan social club, police arrived, and the ensuing gun battle left one patron dead. Prosecutors contended, in a reconstruction of the incident, that Harrison fired the fatal shot. His fellow accomplices received jail sentences, but Harrison, age twenty-six, faced capital punishment.

As he left death row, fellow condemned inmates shouted, “Good-bye Rickey, we know you are innocent!” He replied: “It is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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