Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wisconsin’s First and Only Execution

Among the items in the Briefly feature in the latest issue of Wisconsin Lawyer.
"Wisconsin was the first state to permanently abolish the death penalty 162 years ago, in 1853, after the first and only state-sanctioned execution took place in 1851.

"John McCaffery was accused and convicted of murdering his wife. Approximately 3,000 people travelled to watch the public hanging in Kenosha.

"Two years later, Wisconsin passed the Death Penalty Repeal Act."

Carrie Copley provided a detailed account of 'The Case of John McCaffary' in the Summer 1952 issue of Wisconsin Magazine of History.