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Daviess County sheriff Florence Thompson had held the position for only a few Casual sex in Morgantown when the Rainey Bethea case landed on her desk. Bethea had confessed to the rape and murder of year-old Lischia Edwards — a capital crime under Kentucky law, and one that fell upon the local sheriff to punish.
By then most states had long since abandoned the practice of public executions. Rainey Bethea left photographed two weeks before his hanging. Local sheriff Florence Thompson right was charged with seeing the public execution.
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Sheriff Thompson, who, wittingly or not, opened the door for that attention, catalyzed a situation that led to blanket coverage of the hanging, in turn exposing to a national audience the morbidity of a spectacle already seen by many as outdated.
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