: This photograph shows Carl Ferrito, a 21-year-old male parolee of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Ferrito was electrocuted November 3, 1938, for the murder of two policemen in Cleveland, Ohio: Gerald M. Bode and Virgil T. Payne. Ferrito was the 212th person to be executed via the electric chair in State of Ohio.
In 1885, the Ohio Penitentiary became the site of all executions for prisoners on death row; formerly, executions had taken place in the county where the crime was committed. In 1896 the Ohio General Assembly mandated that electrocution replace hanging as the form of capital punishment. Throughout the 1930s, the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio displayed photographs of inmates who were sentenced to death.
A total of 315 prisoners, both men and women, were executed in the electric chair known as “Old Sparky” between 1897 and 1963. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL08266 Subjects
: Ohio History--State and Local Government--Law; Capital punishment--Ohio--History; Death row; Electrocution; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Ohio Penitentiary (Columbus, Ohio); Prisons--Ohio; Portrait photography Places
: Franklin County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)