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2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley

Posted in Death penalty, Gas chamber with tags , , , on December 2 by Old Sparky

Sam Shockley

Sam Shockley

Sam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break.

He was originally jailed for life as a result of robbery and kidnap. However he was classed as unstable and transferred from Leavenworth to Alcatraz where he tried to escape twice.

Shockley played a key part in the Battle of Alcatraz, which failed descending into a bloody shoot-out, which lasted two days and killed five men. He pleaded insanity to no avail and was ultimately sent to the gas chamber aged 38.

Also on this day

2 December 2005 – Shawn Paul Humphries
2 December 2005 – Kenneth Boyd
2 December 1859 – John Brown

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