$900 In Execution Charges

For executing the six German saboteurs tried by a US military tribunal and sentenced to death, the Federal Government paid out $900. The six men were electrocuted in the District of Columbia jail on 8 August 1942. For this work, the chief executioner received $50 per execution, his principal assistant received the same amount (which seems a bit generous to me, surely the government only needed to pay him $40 per execution), and the two deputy assistants received $25 per execution. Adding these figures show the chief executioner made $300 for two hours of work, the principal assistant made the same, and the two assistant executioners each made $150 for two hours of work.

[Source: New York Times (Subscription required or you can view a scan of the article at my Picasa account).]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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