This Day (Was Their Last Edition)

Published:March 28, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1913, by order of Governor William Hodges Mann, Floyd Allen and his youngest son Claude are executed despite a number of public pleas to commute their sentences. The two were convicted of murder after a judge, a sheriff, a commonwealth’s attorney, a juror, and a court spectator were all killed in Carroll County by shots fired by Floyd Allen and others after Allen was convicted of assault.

Floyd Allen died in the electric chair at 1:31 in the afternoon and his son followed him, eleven minutes later.

IMAGES: Floyd and Claude Allen (Library of Virginia)


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