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1. This person earned the dubious distinction of being called America's very first "Public Enemy Number One" by being a very early 19th century serial killer, striking in many states before being captured and put in prison. What was the name of this person who was finally executed by Massachusetts in 1822?
2. Now let's move farther south, where an infamous slave rebellion occurred in Virginia in 1831. The person responsible for this uprising, which resulted in the deaths of 55 whites and at least 200 blacks, was hanged for his involvement. Who was he?
3. Even as the United States executed many men and women in the 19th century, abolition movements were brewing in several states, including a certain state where a man named John Gordon underwent such a racist trial (leading to his execution in 1845) that the public responded with outrage, which led to the abolition of capital punishment in that state by 1852. Which state was it?
4. One of the most notorious executions in United States history took place on July 7, 1865. It was the quadruple hanging of the people convicted of conspiring to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Which of these people involved in the conspiracy was lucky enough to never have a date with the gallows?
5. Yet another presidential assassination occurred, this time in 1881, when Charles Guiteau, a mentally disturbed man, felt slighted by James A. Garfield and decided to express his frustrations through the barrel of a gun. His was one of the first cases in the United States where what defense was used?
6. Capital punishment in America in the 19th century was not confined to people over the age of 18. In fact, a child in Arkansas was 10 years old at the time of an armed robbery and murder in Arkansas, and he received the death sentence at that tender age, but he was apprehended and executed for it 13 years later. Who was this kid criminal who died on the gallows on June 18, 1885, at the age of 23?
7. Convictions punished by death in the United States of America were never infallible. On December 30, 1892, Charles Hudspeth was hanged in Arkansas for murdering a man named George Watkins. However, Hudspeth was later proven to be innocent. What evidence proved his innocence?
8. One of the biggest injustices in the American death penalty was the quadruple hanging of the Haymarket Rioters on November 11, 1887. They were pardoned some time after their deaths. In what year were they pardoned?
9. In 1896, a man was executed in Pennsylvania for killing at least nine people at different points in time in his "Murder Castle," thus earning him the dubious distinction of being another very early serial killer in the modern sense. What was this man's name?
10. Just prior to the turn of the century, a few U.S. states desperately searched for methods more humane than the easily bungled hanging. One of those states, New York, settled on a new method that made its world debut on August 6, 1890. What was this method of execution?
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