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James Murphy portrait
Description: The east annex of the Ohio Penitentiary, where death row and the execution chamber were located, displayed photographs of hundreds of prisoners who were condemned to death throughout the state’s history. This portrait of 22-year-old James Murphy is one of them. James and his brother, Joseph, were both convicted for the murder of Perry Friedhoff, a cashier at a bank in Silverton, during a robbery. The caption at the bottom of Murphy’s photograph reads: “No. 176, James Murphy of Hamilton County, electrocuted August 14, 1933, for the Murder of Perry Friedhoff.” Altogether there were 315 people who were electrocuted in the state of Ohio between 1897 and 1963. James Murphy was the 176th prisoner to be executed in this manner. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL08235
Subjects: Ohio History--State and Local Government--Law; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Capital punishment--Ohio--History; Electrocution; Death row; Ohio Penitentiary (Columbus, Ohio)
Places: Silverton (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio)