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85 Men Were Executed by Hanging

In the late 1800s Moundsville took over all executions for the state. In all, 85 men were hung and nine electrocuted. Death Row Inmates would stand on a trap door on the second floor, which would open up and the prisoners would drop to their death, sometimes to a cheering crowd of bystanders.

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