: This photograph is of 32-year-old Anna Marie Hahn (widely-known as Arsenic Annie and the Blonde Borgia), the first of only three women executed via the electric chair in Ohio. Hahn is believed to have poisoned five elderly individuals, beginning in 1933. She was convicted of murder in the death of Jacob Wagner in 1937. Caption reads: "No. 214, Mrs. Anna Marie Hahn, of Hamilton County, Legally Electrocuted December 7th, 1938, for the Murder of Mr. Jacob Wagner, at Cincinnati, 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. A total of 315 individuals were executed in "Old Sparky."
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: 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 Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)