The Case That Pushed the Abolition of Wisconsin’s Death Penalty

In 1850, John McCaffary was the last person executed in the state of Wisconsin. He was convicted of murder by drowning his wife in a barrel on his family property. About 3,000 people came to watch his execution. McCaffery struggled for five minutes before doctors were called to examine his pulse. This horrific execution contributed to the abolition of Wisconsin’s death penalty about two years later. Visit the website linked below to learn the full story.

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