The Case That Led to the Abolishment of Wisconsin’s Death Penalty

Have you heard about the John McCaffary case? John was sentenced to the death penalty in 1850 for the murder of his wife on family property. About 3,000 people came to see his horrific execution where he struggled for five minutes before doctors were called upon to check his pulse. Two short years after this gruesome public execution, the death penalty was abolished in the state of Wisconsin.

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