Wednesday, August 8, 2012

On August 8

(credit for 1959 front page)
On this day in ...
... 1962 (50 years ago today), a woman was executed for the last time in California's history -- she was also the last woman to be executed in the United States before the de facto moratorium put in place by the decision in Furman v. Georgia (1972). (Overall, 4 women died in California's gas chamber; throughout the United States, 12 women have been executed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, and 58 women now are on death row.) Her name was Elizabeth Ann Duncan, dubbed "Ma" by the media because of the nature of her crime: "obsessed" with her adult son and "enraged" when he married her private nurse, Duncan hired 2 men to kill the daughter-in-law, who was pregnant. All 3 plotters were executed on this day, making this also California's "last triple execution."

(Prior August 8 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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