This week in 1879

January 25th, 2014 by admin

“I have nothing at all to say. I will die like a Game Man. That is all I have to say.”

— Martin Bergin, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, hanging, Pennsylvania.
Executed January 16, 1879

Prior to his execution, Bergin spent time with his wife and time in prayer, including a two-hour mass. After a final meal of bread, butter, eggs, and coffee, Bergin prayed some more before two priests escorted him by candlelight to receive his punishment. Bergin had killed a coal mine clerk in a murder-for-hire scheme to protect another man’s secret.

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