It was a live event, there was a large crowd assembled as you could hear
them in the background. The broadcaster refers to a boy who is up a tree
and had a 'good view' of Willie in the portable electric chair. I was
appalled to think a child would be allowed to view this event which took
place just after midnight. There is an explanation about why the execution
took place after midnight. After the three rather loud surges of power from
the generator are broadcast you hear the crowd cheering.
It was one of the saddest preservations I have done.
On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In a message dated 3/15/2010 9:29:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> I preserved the radio broadcast of this execution when I was working at
> Oral History Unit of the University of Southern Mississsippi.
> This 1951 electrocution was actually broadcast live (in real time)? Isn't
> that a unique event?