Guilty or Not, They Hung Him Twice: The Botched Execution of George H. Painter

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Shortly after midnight, the night of  May 17, 1891, George H. Painter awoke the people living in his Chicago house shortly after midnight, shouting that his common law wife Alice Martin had been murdered. Painter himself went to fetch the police, who promptly arrested him for the murder. The trial made it a cut and dry case, and Painter was sentenced to hang, although he insisted his innocence up to the very end. His lawyers continued to investigate while Painter sat on death row, presented affidavit after affidavit to shadow the case with doubt, but not enough to convince a resolute governor.

Music by Chuck Wiggins

Here is a clip about George H. Painter’s final statement:

Chicago Daily Tribune, January 27, 1894
Chicago Daily Tribune, January 27, 1894

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Chicago Daily Tribune, May 18, 1891

 

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Chicago Daily Tribune, February 4, 1892

 

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Chicago Daily Tribune, December 15, 1893
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Chicago Tribune, January 4, 1892

 

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Chicago Daily Tribune, January 12, 1894

 

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Chicago Daily Tribune, January 27, 1894

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