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Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Electrician Describes Execution”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 29 October 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 69
Pagination: 1

“Electrician Describes Execution.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 29 Oct. 1901 v54n69: p. 1.
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Edwin F. Davis (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (execution).
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Leon Czolgosz; Edwin F. Davis; Carlos F. MacDonald.
An illustration of Czolgosz appears immediately above this article on the same page.


Electrician Describes Execution

     AUBURN, N. Y., Oct. 29.—Electrician Davis, who superintended the electrocution of Czolgosz, made this statement as to the execution:
     “I used 1700 volts of electricity, turning it into the body at full voltage for seven seconds and then slowly reducing it for 45 seconds. Then I threw the full voltage on again for eight seconds. Then, at the suggestion of Dr. MacDonald, I turned it on again for a few seconds. I did not think there was any necessity for the third contact, and the lack of resistance shown when it was administered proved that life was extinct. The body showed eight amperes of resistance. That is a little more than would be given by a larger or stouter man where the current could have more chance to percolate. It was as successful an execution as I have ever operated at in all my experience.”



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