Last Public Hanging in West Virginia Remembered with New Historical Marker

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The Jackson County Historical Society and the town of Ripley unveiling the newest historical marker in West Virginia.

The marker describes the event related to the last public hanging in the state of West Virginia.

On December 16, 1897 John Morgan was hung after being convicted of a triple murder.

Morgan killed a mother and two of her children with a hatchet.

"There was a very large crowd, that attended the hanging and it was almost a carnival type atmosphere before it was over," said Mike MchGrew, Local Historian.

After this hanging, in their next session the State Legislature passed a law prohibiting public executions.

MchGrew says this is a very important part of history for not only Ripley but the state of West Virginia.

The judge presiding over this case in 1897, Judge Reese Blizzard, was from Parkersburg.

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