What was the last public execution in the United States?
Rainey Bethea, a 22-year-old black man was convicted of
killing a 70-year-old white woman in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1936.
On the morning of his execution, August 14, 1936 there
were over 20,000 people present to watch the last public execution ever held in
the United States.
People from all over the United States including 200
sheriffs and deputies came to witness the hanging.
Last U.S. Public Execution
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