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Crime History: New York officer first cop to die in electric chair

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On this day, Dec. 14, in 1903, a nine-year veteran of the Brooklyn police force became the first member of the thin blue line to die in the electric chair. William Ennis was executed for shooting and killing his estranged wife. After a night of heavy drinking, Ennis, 31, broke into the home of his mother-in-law in a fit of rage. He shot and wounded his mother-in-law, then found his wife and sat...

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