2 April 1962 – Elmo Smith
The last ever electric chair execution in Pennsylvania was saved for the ever so coolly named Elmo Smith.
His crime, on the other hand, was not so cool. He’d been sentenced to death for raping and murdering 17-year-old Mary Ann Mitchell in 1959.
Are fiends electric?
In a shock turnaround, the US state deemed that the electric chair was unconstitutional amid outcries that it was an inhumane method, based on compelling evidence of burns and ruptured blood cells from previous victims. From that point on, the lethal injection became Pennsylvania’s preferred method of dispatch.
But not so for our man Smith – he was strapped to Old Sparky on this day in 1962 and 2,000 volts were shot from his shaved head and out through his ankle.