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Frank Vacchiano photograph
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 Frank Vacchiano is one of them. Vacchiano was convicted and sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of John McLaughlin, a hotel night-clerk, in Toledo. This was Vacchiano’s second murder conviction. He had previously been found guilty for the murder of Sam Valentine in Dayton. The caption at the bottom of the photograph reads: “No. 179, Frank Vacchiano of Lucas County, electrocuted December 29th, 1933, for the Murder of John J. McLaughlin.” Altogether there were 315 people who were electrocuted in the state of Ohio between 1897 and 1963. Frank Vacchiano was the 179th prisoner to be executed in this manner. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL08238
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: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio); Toledo (Ohio); Lucas County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)