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Murder & Execution in the Wild West

by R. Michael Wilson

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 096659259X, Paperback)

Murder & Execution in the Wild West details every legal execution in ten Wild West territories from the time the region came under U. S. control until the end of America's territorial period [February 14, 1912]. There were 280 men and 2 women executed in 252 executions during that period: 11 men died by shooting, 4 were hung from a tree limb, 214 died by dropping through a trapdoor gallows, and another 53 were "swung into eternity" by being jerked up on a "twitch-up" gallows. Did the U. S. Supreme Court get it wrong? Is an execution by rope or rifle cruel and unusual? Unlike lethal gas or electrocution, hanging or shooting when conducted properly was the most humane way to take a life, possibly even more so than lethal injection. BUT, it was the occasional bungle that gave these methods of execution a bad reputation. The book contains general terms, legal terms, and an index of those too often forgotten in our preoccupation with the murder and murderers -- the victims. The June 2008 issue of Wild West Magazine [pg. 73] lists this book as Must See, Must Read.

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