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August 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080030004

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Another electrocutive experiment has been successfully carried out in New York State. The period of contacts was thirty-seven seconds; twelve, ten, eight and seven seconds for the four applications. There was no burning of the flesh and no great muscular contraction during the contact. There were no disfigurements found after death as a result of the contact of the electrodes. The electrical current used was equal to 1,560 volts at seven ampères. The date of this last, and least objectionable electrocution was August 2, and the place was Clinton prison. The disagreeable features of this form of judicial death have been reduced to a minimum, in the light of the earlier experiences, especially last year at the Sing Sing prison. All public clamor against the method may be said to have been effectively stilled, for the present at least. Now it remains to be seen if other States will adopt

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