Sunday, August 21, 2011

J.P. Hanna, 1938

The Executioner--not a nickname, it was what he did for a living.  The newspaper clipping on the back of this photo sketches in a few details about a pending execution but the web has more.
J.P. (Phil) Hanna was an Illinois farmer who developed hanging apparatus for capital punishment cases and supervised the executions for devices of his design.  On at least one occasion he agreed to also be the actual executioner.

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