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Justice & Punishment

Devil’s Island
2 years ago

Devil’s Island

The year is 1852. In France, Emperor Napoleon III, increasingly worried by rising crime and insufficient colonists to consolidate France’s empire, has a new and dreadful brainwave. Napoleon is uninterested …
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ADX Supermax:  Like A Living Death
2 years ago

ADX Supermax: Like A Living Death

When an inmate arrives at ADX, the United States Penitentiary Administrative-Maximum Facility known as “Supermax”, one thing is instantly obvious. He’s being cut off from the outside world.

“As soon …
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Bad Cop, Good Cop
2 years ago

Bad Cop, Good Cop

Good guys are the worst kind of bad guys. They know how to get away with things. Cops know more about crime than most people– and definitely more than the …
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‘The Duchess’ Juanita Spinelli
2 years ago

‘The Duchess’ Juanita Spinelli

“My blood will burn holes in their bodies!” – Juanita Spinelli on hearing that her final chance for a reprieve had been denied.

Evelita Juanita Spinelli occupies a singular place …
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Leanderess Riley
2 years ago

Leanderess Riley

A name long forgotten, even by anybody that heard of him in the first place. Largely forgotten for his crime, anyway, but not for the manner of his punishment. Riley …
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Agony at Auburn Prison
2 years ago

Agony at Auburn Prison

“They would have done better using an ax.” – George Westinghouse on the world’s first judicial electrocution, that of William Kemmler.

Had convict William Taylor survived the events of July …
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Crucified by Colorado
2 years ago

Crucified by Colorado

“Yes, they are killing me.” – Joe Arridy, when asked by Warden Roy Best if he understood why he was about to step into Colorado’s gas chamber.

It’s rarer than …
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New York’s Final Federal Electrocution
2 years ago

New York’s Final Federal Electrocution

“Goodbye, Marshall.” – Gerhard Puff to a witness at his electrocution.

Thief, bank robber, murderer, Joe Strummer lookalike, the last Federal prisoner executed in New York. Puff may have looked …
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Evil ‘Little Anna’
2 years ago

Evil ‘Little Anna’

“I know I’m going to die. I don’t mind now. There never was any real hope.” – Anna Antonio, hours before her execution.

The case of Anna Antonio is interesting …
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Eight Decades In Prison, Oldest On U.S. Death Row
2 years ago

Eight Decades In Prison, Oldest On U.S. Death Row

When he died in February of 2010, Viva Leroy Nash was the oldest American on death row. And he had spent almost 80 years of his life behind bars.

At …
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