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:

University at Buffalo: The Legal Aftermath of the Assassination of William McKinley

Biography: Leon Frank Czolgosz

Wikipedia: Leon Czolgosz

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

  1. Those officials were standing pretty close to old Leon when the volts hit him. And personally, I would have made sure the executioner stepped away from the switch before I grabbed Leon to make sure he was dead. But then, I have more respect for electricity than they apparently did.

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  2. John D.:
    Let’s not forget that it isn’t necessarily the VOLTS that kill you.
    Now, the AMPS definitely will, and with a lot fewer of ’em.
    But back then, they didn’t quite figure that one out until much later.

    Stay safe out there..

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