Richard Cohen is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. (August 2003)


Goodbye, William!

Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair

by Richard Moran
On July 30, 1888, before an invited audience, one of the first executions by electrocution took place. The condemned prisoner was a seventy-six-pound dog of both uncertain provenance and unproven transgressions who answered to the name of Dash. The dog, incarcerated in a wooden cage, was brought before about seventy-five …