Capital punishment in Massachusetts

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Capital punishment in Massachusetts was a legal form of punishment from 1620 to 1982, when it was declared unconstitutional.

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The first recorded execution in Massachusetts was John Billington. He was executed by hanging on September 30, 1630, in Plymouth for murder.

The last executions were gangsters Philip Bellino and Edward Gertson on May 9, 1947, for the murder of Robert Williams, a former U.S. Marine. Both were executed via electric chair.

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