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Sing Sing Prison Case Files of Inmates Sentenced to Electrocution

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of case files of Sing Sing Prison inmates sentenced to electrocution. Included are warrants of execution; investigation reports (personal and criminal history); receipts for, and replies to, notice of appeal (if filed); correspondence regarding writing and visiting privileges with the inmate; Sing Sing admission forms, including medical examination and psychologists' examination reports; certifications of execution of death sentence, including post-mortem reports; and outgoing reports with detailed information on the remains of the executed inmate.
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Quantity:
19 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1939-1963
Series Number:
B0145

Arrangement

Chronological by date of execution.

Scope and Content Note

Records concerning condemned inmates include warrants of execution; investigation reports (personal and criminal history); receipts for notice of appeal (if filed); FBI records of past offenses; Sing Sing admission forms; admission medical examination reports; psychologists' examination reports; and certifications of execution of death sentence, including post-mortem reports.

Each case file contains a number of reports and forms that are usually filed in order as follows: 1) the warrant of execution contains the name of the court where the defendant was tried, date, name of judge and court, name of defendant and known aliases, charge, date and place of sentencing, sentence, scheduled date of execution, place, date warrant was issued, and the signatures of the presiding judge and court clerk; 2) an investigation report contains the case number, investigator's name, supervisor's name, record officer's name, defendant's name, known aliases, codefendants' names, offense, plea, trial, indicted for, indictment number, date filed, date of conviction, date of sentence, previous court record (date, offense, court, disposition), abstract of complaint and indictment, description of offense by investigator, mitigating and aggravating circumstances, attitude of complainant, analysis of defendant's environment (personal history, education and early life, family and neighborhood, industrial history), analysis of personality (physical and mental, character and conduct),

and synopsis; 3) a receipt for a notice of appeal if any were filed, along with accompanying correspondence notifying appropriate officials that an appeal has been filed; 4) correspondence regarding writing and visiting privileges with the condemned inmate (in some instances, noticeably in the later case files, letters to the inmate are included); 5) a record of past offenses, provided by the FBI; 6) Sing Sing admission form consisting of a front and side view photograph of the inmate, name, number, color, sex, fingerprints, prisoner's signature and address, age, birthdate, height, weight, physical characteristics, birthplace, nationality, citizenship status, occupation, marks, habits or peculiarities, parole data (crime, county, court, judge, sentenced, received, jail time, term, criminal act), codefendant(s), and preview record; 7) a reviewing blotter page that largely duplicates previously described information; and 8) a detailed report of medical examination upon admission.

In cases where the inmate was a naturalized citizen, an alien convict report may be included in the files. This record was provided by the Commissioner of Immigration's office and contains the correct name of the prisoner, alias, inmate number, sex, color, marital status, children, birthdate, birthplace, date entered U.S., place of entry, how entered, crime convicted of, court, place, sentence, previous crime and sentences, documents of identity,

relatives in U.S. and other countries, and remarks. Many case files also contain a report of a psychologist's examination conducted at Sing Sing. These reports provide the inmate number, date of admission, name, date of examination, examiner, inmate's age, mental age, IQ, school grades completed, scholastic achievement, educational age, test results (language, alphabetical, classification, type, educational examination, school limit capacity), comments on text findings (army alpha standard, performance level, work capacity), impression, outlook, and suggestions.

All files contain certification of the execution of the death sentence, containing the name and inmate number of the inmate executed, date of death, time, cause, physician's signature, a list of witnesses attending the execution, and a post-mortem report stating the condition of the vital organs at the time of death. In addition to the post-mortem, the majority of the files contain an outgoing report containing detailed information on the remains of the executed inmate. Finally, the files contain applications for removal of the inmate's body to the place of burial. These were usually filed by the funeral home making the burial arrangements. The application contains the name of the undertaker, city permit number, place of business, inmate's name, death date, site, present location of body, person requesting the funeral home to retrieve the body, address, relationship to deceased, and site where remains will be removed to.

In addition to these records, a number of other documents may be found in the case file including a record of the names, addresses, and relationships of people allowed to visit the condemned man and those who actually did visit the prison and when; correspondence to and from the warden of Sing Sing concerning the attendance of executions; and notifications to prisoners that their appeals have failed and they will be executed.

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This index contains 147 entries. Each entry includes the inmate's name, consecutive number and release date. Each entry also provides a pointer to the location within the records series.

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Restricted; Records exempted from disclosure by specific statutes have been identified and filed separately.

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Series 21832 Inmate Execution Files, contains case files for inmates executed for capital crimes, most of whom were executed at Sing Sing Prison.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B0145-80
1939 January 5 Sberma, Charles: Inmate No. 95270 1 1
1939 January 5 Crati, Salvatore: Inmate No. 95271 1 2
1944 March 4 Weiss, Emanuel: Inmate No. 100390 1 3
1942 September 10 Barone, Carlo: Inmate No. 100480 1 4
1942 September 10 Hicks, Edward: Inmate No. 100630 2 1
1942 September 17 Jacinto, Manuel: Inmate No. 100701 2 2
1944 March 4 Capone, Louis: Inmate No. 100391 2 3
1943 January 14 Sileo, Edward: Inmate No. 100644 2 4
1943 March 4 Elling, Howard: Inmate No. 100837 2 5
1942 September 17 Edwards, Lawrence: Inmate No. 100839 3 1
1942 September 17 Clark, James: Inmate No. 100840 3 2
1943 January 14 Sonsky, Joseph: Inmate No. 101085 3 3
1943 January 21 Mendez, Angelo: Inmate No. 101172 3 4
1943 June 29 Shonbrun, Edward: Inmate No. 101253 3 5
1943 April 29 Cullen, John: Inmate No. 101254 4 1
1943 January 21 Castellano, Frank: Inmate No. 101258 4 2
Epstein, Harry: Inmate No. 101393 (discharged) 4 3
Weiss, Jacob: Inmate No. 101394 (discharged) 4 4
Simmons, Jacob: Inmate No. 101395 (discharged) 4 5
1942 August 10 Davino, Frank: Inmate No. 100421 4 6
1943 April 26 Flynn, William: Inmate No. 101592 4 7
1943 July 8 Haight, Edward: Inmate No. 101698 5 1
Peller, Mike: Inmate No. 101826 (discharged) 5 2
1943 July 8 Diaz, William: Inmate No. 101827 5 3
1943 July 15 Haynes, Alfred: Inmate No. 101864 5 4
1944 February 10 Regan, John: Inmate No. 102014 5 5
Munford, Wilton: Inmate No. 102035 (discharged) 5 6
1943 September 16 Almodovar. Anibal: Inmate No. 102054 5 7
Unknown Green, John: Inmate No. 102056 5 8
1944 January 6 Mascari, Joseph: Inmate No. 102166 6 1
1944 June 22 Sealy, Winston: Inmate No. 102167 6 2
1944 June 22 Cooke, Gorden: Inmate No. 102168 6 3
1944 January 20 Valle, Louis: Inmate No. 102266 6 4
Taddio, Dominick: Inmate No. 102331 (discharged) 6 5
1944 January 13 Lewis, Herbert: Inmate No. 105362 6 6
1944 March 2 Palmer, Joseph: Inmate No. 102381 6 7
1944 March 2 Salami, Vincent: Inmate No. 102382 7 1
Cuozzo, Joseph: Inmate No. 102494 (stay) 7 2
Williams, John: Inmate No. 102511 (discharged) 7 3
Luscomb, Leroy: Inmate No. 102584 (commutation) 7 4
1944 June 22 DiMaria, Frank: Inmate No. 102654 7 5
Bellomo, Alex: Inmate No. 102655 (commutation) 8 1
1944 July 29 Delitro, Peter: Inmate No. 102656 8 2
1944 August 31 Li, Yun Tieh: Inmate No. 102807 8 3
1944 August 31 Ming, Lew York: Inmate No. 102808 8 4
1944 November 16 Fowler, Helen Ray: Inmate No. 102981 8 5
1944 November 16 Knight, George F.: Inmate No. 102982 8 6
1944 March 4 Buchalter, Louis: Inmate No. 102894 8 7
1946 January 17 Little, Oliver: Inmate No. 103965 9 1
1946 April 25 Gold, Abraham: Inmate No. 104118 9 2
1946 March 7 Donaldson, George: Inmate No. 104139 9 3
1946 September 12 Brookins, Louis: Inmate No. 104300 9 4
1947 March 7 Kahkoska, Edward: Inmate No. 105069 9 5
1947 May 7 Koberski, Edward: Inmate No. 105070 9 6
1947 March 7 Suckrow, Henry: Inmate No. 105071 9 7
1947 April 17 Johnson, Arthur: Inmate No. 105091 9 8
1947 April 17 Washington, William: Inmate No. 105092 10 1
1947 July 10 DiCristofara, Salvatore: Inmate No. 105331 10 2
1947 July 10 Thomas, William: Inmate No. 105362 10 3
1947 July 3 Caraway, Ward: Inmate No. 105407 10 4
1947 August 21 Webster, Daniel: Inmate No. 105546 10 5
1947 December 4 Bussey, Enix: Inmate No. 105812 10 6
1948 January 9 Jackson, Jauvhan: Inmate No. 105850 10 7
1948 July 22 Moore, George: Inmate No. 105873 10 8
1948 July 22 Haughton, Lester: Inmate No. 105874 11 1
1949 January 20 Monge, George: Inmate No. 106175 11 2
1949 January 20 Grant, Willie: Inmate No. 106176 11 3
1948 September 16 Reilly, John: Inmate No. 106531 11 4
1948 September 16 Shaket, Milton: Inmate No. 106532 11 5
1949 July 7 Sheridan, Andrew: Inmate No. 106726 11 6
1949 July 7 Dunn, John: Inmate No. 106724 12 1
1949 January 6 Gray, Harris: Inmate No. 106890 12 2
1949 January 13 Smilely, Louis: Inmate No. 106937 12 3
1949 January 20 Pannell, Eugene: Inmate No. 107007 12 4
1949 March 3 Rosenberg, William: Inmate No. 107312 12 5
1949 March 3 Bretagna, Santo: Inmate No. 107313 12 6
1950 May 25 Perez, Julio: Inmate No. 107645 13 1
1949 June 30 Dupree, Harold: Inmate No. 107698 13 2
1949 June 30 Dupree, Herman: Inmate No. 107699 13 3
1949 September 1 Arrington, Floyd: Inmate No. 107756 13 4
1949 September 1 Jackson, William: Inmate No. 107757 13 5
1949 September 8 Davis, Walter: Inmate No. 107952 13 6
1950 January 5 Bruno, Frank: Inmate No. 107952 14 1
Shaver, James: Inmate No. 108375 (transferred to Auburn) 14 2
Reeh, George: Inmate No. 108376 (discharged) 14 3
1951 March 8 Beck, Martha: Inmate No. 108594 14 4
1951 March 8 Fernandez, Raymond: Inmate No. 108595 15 1
Witnesses for Beck, Fernandez, King, and Powers 15 2
File on Rosenbergs (requests for electrocution) 15 3
File on Rosenbergs 15 4
1951 February 15 Bunch, Winston: Inmate No. 109110 16 1
1952 October 30 Ford, Wallace: Inmate No. 111433 16 2
1951 March 1 Walker, Gilberto: Inmate No. 109610 16 3
1951 April 12 Saiu, John: Inmate No. 109635 16 4
1951 January 11 LaMoor, Harley: Inmate No. 109333 16 5
Cooper, Calman: Inmate No. 110139 (stay) 17 1
1951 March 8 King, John: Inmate No. 109615 17 2
1951 March 8 Power, Richard: Inmate No. 109616 17 3
1953 January 15 Paonessa, Joseph: Inmate No. 110806 17 4
1952 March 6 Stein, Bernard: Inmate No. 109944 18 1
1952 October 30 Kelly, Edward: Inmate No. 111412 18 2
1954 July 22 Vanderwyde, William: Inmate No. 112120 18 3
1954 January 7 O'Dell, Maurice: Inmate No. 113865 18 4
1954 July 16 Snyder, Donald: Inmate No. 112748 19 1
1954 August 26 Green, John Dale: Inmate No. 113291 19 2
1953 April 16 Wojcik, Frank: Inmate No. 112176 19 3
1953 January 22 Lewis, Stephen: Inmate No. 112153 19 4
1953 August 23 Draper, William: Inmate No. 112155 20 1
1954 August 26 Jacobs, Barry: Inmate No. 113290 20 2
1954 January 7 Griffin, Walter: Inmate No. 113866 20 3
1954 August 12 Puff, Gerhard: Inmate No. 113970 20 4
1957 February 28 Salemi, Leonardo: Inmate No. 114193 21 1
1954 March 11 Allen, Henry Louis: Inmate No. 114314 21 2
1954 July 15 Scott, Emile: Inmate No. 114658 21 3
1954 March 11 Martin, John: Inmate No. 114315 21 4
1955 February 17 Rosario, Romulo: Inmate No. 115664 22 1
1955 August 25 Roche, John: Inmate No. 116513 22 2
Roche, John: Inmate No. 116513 - Letters 22 2A
Roche, John: Inmate No. 116513 - Letters 22 2B
1955 February 10 Matthews, Henry: Inmate No. 115478 22 3
1955 September 8 Reed, Clarence: Inmate No. 116536 23 1
1955 September 8 Nichols, Edward: Inmate No. 116537 23 2
1955 January 12 Byers, William: Inmate No. 116859 23 3
1956 January 19 Roye, Norman: Inmate No. 117007 23 4
1956 June 28 Edwards, Ernest Lee: Inmate No. 117231 23 5
1956 august 23 Newman, Frank: Inmate No. 118346 23 6
1956 August 30 Reade, Joseph: Inmate No. 118347 23 7
1958 January 9 Burke, Elmer: Inmate No. 118395 23 8
1957 November 21 Taylor, David: Inmate No. 119076 23 9
1958 August 7 LaMarca, Angelo: Inmate No. 120086 24 1
LaMarca, Angelo: Inmate No. 120086 - Letters to 24 2
1954 August 15 Santiago, Miguel: Inmate No. 120110 24 3
1958 November 20 Richardson, Virgil: Inmate No. 120833 24 4
1959 May 22 Eckwerth, Edward: Inmate No. 120390 24 5
1959 July 16 Turner, Jackson: Inmate No. 121817 25 1
1959 July 16 Dawkins, Ralph: Inmate No. 121818 25 2
1959 July 23 Keith, LeRoy: Inmate No. 121976 25 3
1960 June 23 Phillips, Willard: Inmate No. 123182 (1 of 2) 25 4
Phillips, Willard: Inmate No. 123182 (2 of 2) 25 5
1960 May 12 Vagras, Pablo: Inmate No. 123636 25 6
1960 January 14 Mason, Ivory: Inmate No. 124002 25 7
1960 May 19 Flakes, Henry: Inmate No. 123881 26 1
1961 June 8 Miller, Woodrow: Inmate No. 126142 26 2
1963 March 21 Wood, Frederick: Inmate No. 128751 (1 of 2) 26 3
Wood, Frederick: Inmate No. 128751 (2 of 2) 26 4
1958 August 3 Dan, Nicolas: Inmate No. 121093 26 5
1947 July 10 Sims, Arnold: Inmate No. 104777 26 6
1960 May 19 Green, Walter: Inmate No. 123880 26 7
1961 January 5 Downs, Ralph: Inmate No. 125056 26 8
Mays, Eddie Lee: Inmate No. 130622 26 9
1943 July 8 DeJesus, Benitez: Inmate No. 101824 27 1
1944 June 3 Parisi, Louis: Inmate No. 103095 27 2
1957 March 14 Browne, MacDonald: Inmate No. 118807 27 3
1947 July 10 Jones, Edward: Inmate No. 104778 27 4
1944 May 25 Ranford, John: Inmate No. 102682 27 5
Vetted Files 28
Vetted Files 29
Vetted Files 30
Vetted Files 31