Fragment of execution rope

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Description This short length of rope is a fragment of the execution rope used on February 13, 1906 in the hanging death of William Williams in the Ramsey County Jail in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Williams had been convicted of murdering John Keller and his mother in Saint Paul in April of 1905. The grisly slowness of Williams' death led to the abolishment of capital punishment in Minnesota. Williams' was the last execution to take place in Minnesota and the death penalty was removed from state criminal law in 1911.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 13.5 centimeters length
1.4 centimeters diameter
Nomenclature Rope
Subjects Used by: Williams, William
Used in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Minnesota--Politics and government--1898-1918
Capital punishment--Minnesota
Hanging--Equipment and supplies
Saint Paul (Minn.)--Politics and government--1898-1918
Crime and punishment
Government & Politics. Government Agencies. Law Enforcement
Dates Use: 1906
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 7681.3

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