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Monday, 23 March 2015

Gas Chamber

Nevada was the first US state to sanction the use of the gas chamber.

Gee Jon was the first person to be executed in US in the gas chamber. An unsuccessful attempt to pump poison gas directly into his cell led to the development of the first makeshift gas chamber to carry out Gee's death on February 8, 1924. Hydrocyanic gas was used and the procedure took six minutes.

The former gas chamber at New Mexico State Penitentiary. By Shelka04 at en.wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Evelita Juanita Spinnelli became the first woman to be enter the gas chamber in California on November 21, 1941. She was also the first woman ever to be officially executed in that state.

During the Holocaust, large-scale gas chambers designed for mass killing were used by Nazi Germany as part of their genocide program.

The last person to be executed in the gas chamber was German national Walter LaGrand. Sentenced to death for killing a man during a bungled bank robbery in Marana, Arizona, he was executed on March 3, 1999.

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