: This photograph taken at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus shows 32-year-old Frank Tracy of Franklin County, Ohio. In 1938, Tracy was convicted of murdering David Haskins in Columbus. The caption at the bottom reads: “No. 217, Frank Tracy of Franklin County, Legally Electrocuted March 3rd, 1939, for the Murder of David Haskins, at Columbus, Ohio.”
In 1885 the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio, became the location for all executions, which previously took place in the various county seats. In 1896 the Ohio General Assembly mandated that electrocution replace hanging as the form of capital punishment.
A total of 315 prisoners, both men and women, were executed in the electric chair known as “Old Sparky” between 1897 and 1963.
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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
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)