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14/08/1936 The Last Public Hanging in the US

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The Last Public Hanging in the United States

Rainey Bethea was the last person publicly executed in the United States. Bethea, who confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old woman named Lischia Edwards, was convicted of her rape and publicly hanged. Mistakes in performing the hanging, and the surrounding media circus, contributed to the end of public executions in the US.
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