June 27, 1896

Did He Sham On The Gallows? A Review of the Windrath Case.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(26):1274-1276. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430780026010

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Chicago, June 22, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Joseph Windrath, a German 29 years of age, married, three children, an expert machinist, was hanged in Chicago June 5th last for the murder of a very popular man, the cashier of the West Chicago Street Ry. Co., when committing a robbery with an accomplice. The sentence set the execution for May 15th, but a reasonable doubt of his sanity being established since the date of sentence a respite was granted for a trial on that score, as the law of Illinois does not permit the execution of a lunatic. The State charged that he was shamming insanity and presented six medical witnesses, viz: Drs. N. S. Davis, Sanger Brown, Archibald Church, Walter Kempster, James Lydston and Dr. Fortner who is the jail physician, all of whom testified that he was both sane and shamming. On the other side Drs. Florence Hunt, O.

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