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Great article Brian.

Thanks, Jim!

That's crazy!! I'm looking at the picture but don't see how it worked. But like the article says it has something to do with those weights that I see. 45 inmates executed like that! RIP all.

Hi JC - The whole contraption is a bit tough to visualize, but the key component that's visible in this picture, which was taken from the outside of the chamber is the jug of water that, when tipped, triggers the larger weight (not pictured) to fall and jerk the condemned vertically. On the other side of the door was a small platform where the inmate would stand. The whole device is a bit mind boggling. 

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