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In Years Past

August 31, 2014

In 1914, Joseph D. Digola of Erie County and George Coyer of Cattaraugus County were electrocuted in Auburn prison on this morning. The executions were without incident and that of Coyer was accomplished in less than five minutes. Both went to the chair stoically. Digola killed a successful rival in Buffalo and Coyer slew his wife after she had left him because of cruelty. The electrocutions marked the end of 23 years of service as state electrician by E.F. Davis of Corning. A statement was issued at the prison that Davis did not officiate at these electrocutions because of ill health and added that he would not officiate in the future. His assistant was not on hand and an unknown had charge of the executions.



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