Yes, I should have mentioned that we do have that recording - and yes,
"chilling" is the word for it. Marie, that's interesting that you worked on
preserving it. We were trying to track down who preserved it. Where did the
tape come from originally? And do you (or anyone else) know if other
archives from local radio stations in Mississippi have been preserved
Thanks again for all the help,
On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM, Marie O'Connell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> > the
> > 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?
> > Allen
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