List of people executed in New Jersey

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This is a list of people executed in New Jersey. No one has been executed by the state of New Jersey since 1963, although a statute reinstating capital punishment for murder had been in force from 1982 until 2007. Historically, at least 361 people were executed by the state between the execution of a slave named Tom for rape in 1690 and the execution of Ralph Hudson for murder on January 22, 1963. Of those executions, 187 occurred in the 20th century. [1] The last execution for a crime other than murder (or conspiracy to murder) was of Andrew Clark in 1872 for rape. The last woman executed was Margaret Meierhoffer in 1881. Except for a dozen slaves executed by burning in the early 18th century, executions in New Jersey were by hanging until 1906 and electrocution since then, with the exception of an execution by hanging in 1909.

In 2006, New Jersey lawmakers drafted a moratorium on executions while a task force studied the fairness and cost of the death sentence. New Jersey had 10 people on Death Row at the time.[2] As of February 2008, the Corrections Department returns no results for offenders on death row.[3]

On December 10, 2007, the New Jersey Senate passed bill to repeal the current death penalty statute, and replaced it with life imprisonment without parole. On Dec. 13, 2007, the state's General Assembly adopted the same law. Governor Corzine signed the bill into law on December 17, 2007.[4]

Executions prior to 1982[5][edit]

  • John Jonston – April 30, 1850
  • John Lyons – August 4, 1904
  • Joseph Miller – April 14, 1905
  • Arthur Laster – April 14, 1905[6]
  • George Gares – February 7, 1922 - the electrode to the condemned man's leg came loose during the execution.
  • Frank Taylor – July 15, 1924 this execution is notable because it was one of four performed on this date
  • Edward Allen – July 15, 1924
  • Tony Briglia – July 15, 1924
  • Anthony Staub – July 22, 1924
  • Anthony Bagdanowitz – July 15, 1924
  • Daniel Genese – December 15, 1925
  • James Lynch – November 30, 1926
  • Peter Doro – January 11, 1927
  • Paul Feursten – May 17, 1927
  • Salvadore Merra – August 5, 1927
  • Louis Capozzi – November 18, 1927
  • Joseph (Big Joe) Juliano – November 18, 1927 (cousin to Nick Juliano) Find a Grave Link
  • Nick (Little Joe) Juliano – November 18, 1927 (cousin to Joseph Juliano)
  • Christopher Barone – November 18, 1927
  • George Yarrow – June 1, 1928
  • David Ware – May 31, 1929
  • Peter Kudzinowski – December 21, 1929
  • Joseph Marrazzo – January 10, 1930
  • Frank Pannatiere – January 10, 1930
  • Henry Colin Campbell (Close) – April 17, 1930
  • Joseph Rado – July 22, 1930 – this execution is notable because it was one of four performed on this date
  • John Murray – July 22, 1930
  • Louis Malanga – July 22, 1930
  • Victor Giampiertro – July 22, 1930
  • Arthur Cort – December 29, 1930 – this execution is notable because it was one of three performed on this date
  • William Gimbel – December 29, 1930
  • Joseph Calabrese – December 29, 1930
  • Daniel Grosso – April 10, 1931
  • Charles Fithian – December 31, 1931 (age 23; escaped following sentencing, captured in Troy NY)
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann – April 3, 1936 – this execution is notable for being part of the Lindbergh kidnapping case.
  • Orby Hethcoat (aka Ramon Cota) – January 22, 1938
  • Buford Tanismore – April 4, 1950 Find a Grave Link
  • Howard Auld – May 27, 1951
  • Clarence Smith – May 13, 1952
  • Frederick Dunk – May 13, 1952
  • Robert Jellison – May 13, 1952
  • Irving Peterson – August 26, 1952
  • Theodore Walker – July 27, 1954
  • James Beard – August 17, 1954
  • Frank Roscus – January 4, 1955
  • Eugene Monahan – January 11, 1955
  • Felipe Rios – May 3, 1955
  • Joaquin Rodriguez – May 3, 1955
  • Jose Cruz – May 3, 1955
  • Alfred Stokes – September 2, 1955
  • Harry Wise – September 2, 1955
  • Albert Wise – September 2, 1955
  • John Henry Tune – August 21, 1956
  • Fred Sturdivant – July 3, 1962
  • Joseph Ernst – July 31, 1962
  • Ralph Hudson – January 22, 1963

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