Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 13

February 13, 1906 – The last hanging by the State of Minnesota took place on this date in a St. Paul prison. Miscalculation and err prevailed during the hanging, causing the prisoner to be “strangled to death over the span of a ghastly quarter-hour.” Once reports of this awkward execution became public, efforts were made to abolish the death penalty in Minnesota, which eventually happened in 1911.

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