First Electrocution Was a Horror Show

Twice the Current Was Sent through the Murderers Quivering Frame

New York Herald 7aug1890

Doctors Pronounced Him Dead and Then to Their Horror Discovered Their Mistake

WITNESSES FAINT AND SICK
Terror Added to the Scene by the Burning Parts of the Body.

DISAGREEMENT OF SCIENTISTS
Not Satisfied That the New Method of Execution is a Success

THE HERALDS EYE WITNESS

[By Telegraph to the Herald]

AUBURN, N.Y., August 6, 1890.—The killing of Kemmler to-day marks, I fear, the beginning and the end of electrocution, and it wreathes in shame the ages of the great Empire State who, entrusted with the terrific responsibility of killing a man as a man was never killed before, brought to the task imperfect machinery and turned and execution into a horror.

William Kemmler is dead, indeed, but at what a price? He has paid a double penance for his crime and a penance for his childlike trust in man who by their carelessness have brought shame upon the great State whose servants they are.

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