New York's Last Executioner Kept His Work Secret

The Village Voice | January 26, 2005
Deputy sheriff and electrician Dow B. Hover served as New York's executioner in the 1950s and 1960s, lowering the lever that operated the electric chair. He earned $150 per execution, but the work took a toll, his children say.

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