18th May 2024

Origin of the electric chair

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Until recently, criminals in the US were executed using an electric chair. Nowadays a different form of execution by lethal injection is practised. Before the electric chair, the condemned criminals were    hanged. However, a dentist Dr Alfred P. Southwick happened to witness a drunken man getting electrocuted and dying instantly when he touched a live electric generator. He was horrified. However, it later occurred to him that this method of electrocution could be used to humanely execute condemned criminals. As a dentist he worked using chairs, so the idea of the instrument occurred in the form of a chair.

 

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