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Joseph Di Marco photograph
Description: This photograph from the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus is of Joseph Di Marco, age 24. Di Marco was executed on the same day as Anthony Cirasole; both men were convicted of murdering Edward Erdody. His formal attire suggests that the photograph was taken during his trial or sentencing. The caption at the bottom reads: "No. 228, Joseph Di Marco of Cuyahoga County, Legally Electrocuted January 14, 1941, for the Murder of Edward Erdody, at Cleveland, 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. The Ohio Penitentiary regularly offered tours as well as souvenir photographs and postcards of the building and prisoners on death row. 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.
Image ID: AL08282
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
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)