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A death penalty primer

An electric chair used in 1908 at Auburn Prison in New York, where William Kemmler was executed by electrocution in 1890. MUST CREDIT: photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

To understand the gruesome history of the death penalty, it is essential to comprehend how badly inventor Thomas Edison wanted to zap his nemesis George Westinghouse. Their rivalry was literally electric. Westinghouse was a purveyor of alternating-current voltage — AC. ...

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