“13 STEPS TO JUSTICE”

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS

— FORT SMITH’S FIRST EXECUTION — The afternoon of August 15, 1873, turned gray and foreboding, but the crowd gathered around the new gallows at Fort Smith, Arkansas, ignored the threat of an approaching storm to watch a prisoner navigate the thirteen steps to the scaffold.

Prisoner John Childers, cigar clamped between his teeth, wore a look of indifference as he made his way through the crowd of […]

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