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Execution of Ruth Snyder at Sing Sing prison on July 12, 1928. Snyder and her lover murdered her husband Albert for his life insurance, by garroting him and stuffing his nose with chloroform-soaked rags. This photo of her in the electric chair was taken by a photographer named Tom Howard, who used a miniature camera strapped to his ankle to sneak the shot.

・・・ ⚡️⚡️⚡️ Execution of Ruth Snyder at Sing Sing prison on July 12, 1928. Snyder and her lover murdered her husband Albert for his life insurance, by garroting him and stuffing his nose with chloroform-soaked rags. This photo of her in the electric chair was taken by a photographer named Tom Howard, who used a miniature camera strapped to his ankle to sneak the shot.

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  1. Jack Mord's profile photo
    Jack Mord

    @maggiedunlap Yes, it’s an original news photo hand dated a couple of days after her execution

  2. Maggie Dunlap's profile photo
    Maggie Dunlap

    @thanatos.archive amazing. I’ve always loved this image so much.

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    @mel_loves_to_cook

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    Very interesting

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  6. Marc A. Hermann's profile photo
    Marc A. Hermann

    The @nydailynews is still in possession of the original negative. We rediscovered it in an unceremonious spot when we were preparing to relocate offices.

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    Rest In Peace.

  8. Allyson Seibert's profile photo
    Allyson Seibert

    And they still made her wear a dress... electrocution or not you are wearing a dress!!

  9. Tim Atwell's profile photo
    Tim Atwell

    I use to have a huge print of this on my bedroom wall as a teenager, lol my parents hated it.

  10. Shiloe Haga's profile photo
    Shiloe Haga

    What an interesting outfit they got her in. Glad he managed to snap this!

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    Love this image

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    Facu

    @allysonseibert and what makes you think she didn't want to wear it?

  13. Denise Gaviria Skiadas's profile photo
    Denise Gaviria Skiadas

    the house she lived in with her husband and where he was murdered is a block away from where I grew up and where my parents still live. It was called the dumb bell murder cause the husband was killed with a dumbbell. :)

  14. Molly McBride Jacobson's profile photo
    Molly McBride Jacobson

    @skiany228 no it's called the dumbbell murder case because Damon Runyon, a journalist, coined it that because it was such a badly disguised crime. She suffocated her husband.

  15. Kat B's profile photo
    Kat B

    @maggiedunlap I was going to ask the same! I saw this photo in a book as a kid, and the image stuck with me. Nice collection piece @thanatos.archive !!

  16. Dawn Pedron's profile photo
    Dawn Pedron

    I remember this case from Deadly Women. They portrayed her husband as a dick that was still obsessed with his late fiancé.

  17. Leslie Sciarappa McCann's profile photo
    Leslie Sciarappa McCann

    @autumnkat I found it in Boston Filenes basement they had these books about murders published in the UK. One was Infamous Murders the other was Crimes of Passion. Paid a dollar each.

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    Louise

    Does anyone know what happened to Lorraine Snyder? She was only 9yrs old when this happened. I can remember reading somewhere that she committed suicide in her teen's because of what had happened with her parent's...does anyone know if this is true?

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    Louise

    @katiesayshello Any idea what happened to Lorraine Snyder?

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    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Katie Raines Moorehead

    @rock_n_roll_girl_81 I haven't done much research on Lorraine. I know that both Ruth and Albert's family fought for custody of her, which ultimately was granted to her maternal grandmother. I believe she never received any of the money from her father's life insurance policy. Other than that it seems like she remained out of the public eye. Probably for the best since she was only a child during the trial. But no doubt the loss of both parents would have left quite a scar, so it's completely possible she struggled to recover.

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    Louise

    @katiesayshello Thanks for that Katie...I think her whereabouts will possibly remain a mystery then. I know that Ruth had written a letter to Lorraine for her to open 1 year after her execution hoping that she would then be old enough to understand as her daughter was unaware of the fact she was executed. She would have still been a child reading that ... it's hard to imagine how she must have felt.