Defiance County, Ohio
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These are in loose alpha order by the surname of the perpetrator.

Auburn, N. Y., Nov 28 - William Sobert
Brasch, the Rochester wife murderer, in whose case Governor Hughes refused to interfere, was electrocuted in Auburn Prison early today. The crime for which Brasch was executed was the murder of his wife Roxanna, whom he pushed into the Erie Canal at Rochester, on the night of June 15, 1906. He killed her that he might marry May Gilmore, of Defiance, Ohio. He was arrested in Cleveland five days later and taken to Rochester. On December 26, 1906, he was sentenced to die in the electric chair during the week of February 10, 1907. On appeal the conviction was affirmed on October 9, 1908, and the week of November 23 fixed for the death sentence. Warden Benham issued invitations for Monday, but the execution was postponed to hear from a special commission named by the Governor to inquire into Brasch's mental condition. The commission saw Brasch Saturday and Sunday, and then reported to the Governor that the man was sane. On Tuesday the Governor denied the application for a stay and the execution was set for this morning. [Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 29, 1908]

Defiance, Ohio: - In Defiance, Oho, Charles
Hart pleaded guilty to murdering the two Good children at Spaulding, Ohio and was sentenced to be hanged on the second Friday in April next. (Augusta Gazette, Augusta, KS, December 28, 1894 -- sub. by Peggy Thompson

City Hotel - The village prison is now ready for guests. Marshal
Palmer inaugurated the institution by putting in one noisy drunken man on New Year's day. The knowledge of the existence of the calaboose has of itself the effect to check rowdyism. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 8, 1870]

To Be Hung - Phillip
Steinmetz has been convicted of the murder of August Heck, at Toledo, last June, and sentenced to be hung on the first day of April. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 5, 1870]

Defiance: William
Stuffer, became violently insane, and nearly killed his son-in-law by beating him over the head. He then jumped from his wagon and escaped to the woods. A posse found him, he was over powered and taken home, where he is under guard as he is still raving. [Newark Advocate, Jul 2, 1901]


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