Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice

Silberman, Charles E.

Vintage, 1980

p. 251

In 1896, the sheriff of Navajo County, Arizona, sent the county residents an invitation to a hanging that read as follows: “You are hereby cordially invited to attend the hanging of one George Smiley, murderer. His soul will swing into eternity on Dec. 8, 1986, at 2 p.m. sharp. Latest methods in the art of scientific strangulation will be employed, and everything possible will be done to make the surroundings cheerful and the execution a success.”