DEAD: Ruth Snyder

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Ruth Snyder (aged 32)
– First woman executed by electric chair in Sing Sing


Ruth Brown Snyder (March 27, 1895 – January 12, 1928) was an American murderer. Her execution in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison for the murder of her husband, Albert, was recorded in a well-publicized photograph.

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DEATH: On January 12, 1928, Snyder became the first woman to be executed in Sing Sing since Martha Place’s electrocution in 1899. She went to the electric chair only moments before her former lover. Her execution (by New York State Electrician Robert G. Elliott) was caught on film, at the moment electricity was running through her body, with the aid of a miniature plate camera strapped to the ankle of Tom Howard, a Chicago Tribune photographer working in cooperation with the Tribune-owned New York Daily News. Howard’s camera was owned for a while by inventor Miller Reese Hutchison, and later became part of the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Snyder was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City. Her gravestone simply reads “Brown”.

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