Capital punishment in early Nebraska history featured in Tim Dempsey’s latest book

The Quill of Tacitus Book Blog

OMAHA, Neb. — Sunbury Press has released Tim Dempsey’s book “Well I’ll Be Hanged: Early Capital Punishment in Nebraska.”

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About the Book:
Sam Richards was more than likely Nebraska’s first serial killer. Among his many victims were a mother and her three children who were savagely beaten to death. In 1879, Richards was hung for his crimes in Kearney County, Nebraska, and his skull eventually placed on display in the window of the local newspaper. George Morgan was a pedophile who raped and then choked an eleven year old to death on November 3, 1895 in Omaha. Morgan was hung in Douglas County, Nebraska in 1897. From 1867, when Nebraska became a state, until 1897, fourteen convicted killers were condemned to their fate on a gallows erected in county jail yards across the state. Thirteen of these doomed men died at the hands of a county sheriff and one was…

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