This week in 1900

July 17th, 2013 by admin

As the rope was placed around his throat:
“Oh, I’ll smother with that on. I’ve got electricity in my head now.”

— Benjamin Snell, convicted of murder, hanging, Washington, DC.
Executed June 29, 1900

“A man of education and good family,” Snell was convicted of murder after breaking in to the house of child Lizzie Weisenberger and cutting her throat with a razor. Other prisoners shunned Snell, and when Frank Funk heard that he was to be executed on the same day and scaffold as Snell, he petitioned the courts to change the day. President McKinley reprieved Funk for several days, and Snell and Funk maintained “bitter hatred” until Snell’s death.

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