This week in 1922

September 14th, 2013 by admin

The day before his execution:
“They won’t hurt my feelings when they hang me. It is nothing to dread.”

— Eugene Weeks, convicted of robbery and murder, hanging, Iowa.
Executed September 15, 1922

On the morning of Weeks’s execution, he joked with the judge who sentenced him, and asked to be brought to the gallows early so he could address the crowd waiting to see him hang. Weeks spent that time telling the crowd that his accomplice in the murder was not guilty and should not also receive the death penalty. According to reports, Weeks was hung by the first ordained minister to carry out an execution.

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