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Capital Punishment: Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates


  • St. Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Pioneer Press/ Dispatch
  • St. Paul, Minn.:  St. Paul Daily Globe
  • St. Paul, Minn.: The St. Paul Globe
  • Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Star
  • Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Tribune
  • Minneapolis, Minn.: The Minneapolis Journal



  • March 23, 1860: Ann Bilansky, the first white person and the only woman ever to be legally executed in Minnesota is executed by hanging in St. Paul.
  • October 19, 1894: The hanging deaths of Otto Wonnigkeit and Charles Ermisch take place in St. Paul.
  • December 11, 1895: Harry Hayward is executed by hanging at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis.
  • March 19, 1898: The last execution in Hennepin County, the hanging death of John Moshik, takes place at the Minneapolis City Hall.
  • February 13, 1906: The last execution in Minnesota, the hanging death of William Williams, takes place in the Ramsey County Jail in Saint Paul.
  • 1911: The death penalty is removed from state criminal law in Minnesota.


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