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April 23, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(17):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411210029010

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The eighth electrocution in New York State took place March 28, with essentially the same results as the former ones. Death was almost instantaneously affected although the beating of the heart was not stilled until after three contacts of twelve seconds each. In former executions the heart was stilled in the course of two contacts of twenty to thirty seconds' duration. It is stated that the results are considered favorable to the maintenance of the electrocution law upon the statute books. No further opposition to the law is expected at the present session of the legislature. There was a kind of tacit understanding that if this execution passed off without mishap or blunder or any great amount of disfigurement of the criminal, the method should be allowed to go on, during another year, on probation. The friends of the method believe that improvements will be made, and every reasonable objection

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