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August 16, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(7):254-255. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410330022004

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At last the first criminal execution by means of electricity is an accomplished fact, and KemmLER, the brutal murderer, is dead. We do not protest against execution of the death penalty as the extreme expression of the law against so foul a crime, but in the name of all that is human, we do protest against a possible recurrence of such a procedure as this—not as to the method,but as to its manner. Let the majesty of the law be manifest by the dignity and surety of its action, but never again let the suspension of the fixed fact become the instrument of criminal torture by prolonging on the part of the victim a suspense, far worse than death itself. And if for wise reasons the laws decree that executions shall be conducted privately, then why permit the horrible delineation of their utmost details with gusto and with talent on

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