On this day in 1906 ...


William Williams is hanged in the Ramsey County jail.

Williams received the death penalty for becoming sexually involved with a teenage boy, then murdering the boy and his mother.

Things did not go as planned though, as the rope was too long for the hanging, leaving Williams to suffer immensely before death.

Despite breaking the state law of not publicizing the details of an execution, newspapers reported the gory scene, and public outcry would ensue.

Spurred by the event, Williams would be the 26th – and last – person to ever be executed by the state, as capital punishment was abolished by Minnesota five years later.

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