This week in 1852

February 28th, 2015 by admin

“Mr. Sheriff, you are a good man, and I have nothing to say, except that I protest my innocence. In my last dying words, I say I am innocent! I am innocent! I am innocent Justice in this country is bad. I was not guilty, and the Jury did wrong in convicting me.”

— Otto Grunzig, convicted of murder, hanging, New York.
Executed February 27, 1852

Though he emphatically maintained his innocence to the very end, Grunzig died for poisoning his wife, Victorine, in order to enjoy his mistress’s company unencumbered. He later blamed the murder on his mistress, Margaretta Lohrenz.

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