this day in crime history: september 6, 1901

On this date in 1901, US President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. President McKinley died eight days later from his wounds. Czolgosz was subdued at the scene by the crowd and taken into custody. He was tried in NY State court and convicted of murder. He was executed in the electric chair at Auburn Prison on October 29, 1901.

This video is of a reenactment of the execution of Leon Czolgosz. The original film was shot by Thomas Edison in 1901.

Further reading:

The American Experience: Leon Czolgosz

The Trial and execution of Leon Czolgosz

Wikipedia: Leon Czolgosz


7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 6, 1901

  1. John D.:
    Those flipping anarchists…
    I wonder how the hell the world would get by if such loons wee in charge.
    Where can you go from anarchy BUT UP?
    (unless they off one another)

    Good Edison film, too.
    (the days when we still a JUSTICE system)
    I miss those.

    Good post.

    Roll safe out there.


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