This short length of rope is a fragment of the execution rope used on February 13, 1906 in the hanging death of William Williams at the Ramsey County Jail in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Williams had been convicted of murdering John Keller and his mother in Saint Paul in April of 1905. The grisly slowness of Williams’ death led to the abolishment of capital punishment in Minnesota. Williams’ was the last execution to take place in Minnesota and the death penalty was removed from state criminal law in 1911.
February 23, 2011