1844: A Strange Request

A gentleman who visited and conversed freely with Hall, the murderer of Mrs. Bacon, in the Middletown (Conn.) jail, a few days since, informs the Hartford Times, that he declares it to be his intention to petition the Legislature for the privilege of being hung in public. He does not like the idea of being put out of existence in a back yard, away from his fellow beings, save perhaps a surgeon and sheriff. He says that he prefers to be executed, rather than have his punishment commuted to imprisonment for life, and intimates that he will remonstrate against any petition of his friends for commutation of punishment. Hall is a man who is said to be naturally intelligent, but without any education whatever, being unable to read.

From The Sun (Baltimore, MD), May 15, 1844.
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