THE SARATOGA MURDERER DIES
IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
MET DEATH LIKE A MAN
A MOST SUCCESSFUL ELECTROCUTION
The Fate of the Man Who Killed
Henrietta Wilson –
Cool and Collected in the Death Chamber
Death Came Quickly and Silently
Foy, Jr., who on the eve of May 13, 1892, shot and killed Henrietta
Wilson, a notorious woman in Saratoga Springs, died in the electric
chair at Clinton prison yesterday morning.
Since committing the crime Foy has been the principal in
numerous sensations, and has gained more newspaper notoriety than any
other criminal in the state. Yesterday
electrocution brought to an end a career that was fraught with
little good, and much that was otherwise.
11:30 o’clock yesterday Warden Thayer’s private secretary, E.M.
Coughlin, announced to the witnesses who were in waiting at the
Adirondack Hotel, that all was in readiness and the following
witnesses filed into the death chamber: [21 names omitted].
arrival everything was found in readiness.
Near the chair stood Dr. J.B. Ransom, the prison physician, and
his assistants, Drs. Madden of Plattsburgh, Bontecue of Troy and
Ledlie of Saratoga. State Electrician Davis tested the apparatus with a bank of
lamps across the arm of the chair.
Everything being found satisfactory Warden Thayer and Deputy
McKenna started for the prisoner.
They re-entered the death chamber at 11:47:10.
Behind them was Father Belanger and the condemned man, who bore
in his hands a crucifix upon which he gazed intently.
Foy’s face was pale, with a resigned expression upon his
countenance. He walked to
the chair in a most natural manner seemingly without concern, but with
an utter lack of the bravado, which has characterized his career.
Reaching the chair there was a momentary
pause, after which Foy turned quickly around and seated himself.
The electrodes were placed upon his head and right leg and all
was ready for the signal for the current which was to launch the
prisoner into eternity. This
was given at 11:49 and 1640 volts of electricity passed through the
body of Martin Foy, causing instant death.
After four seconds the current was reduced to 150 volts, and
kept at that point for 10 seconds when it was again turned on for two
seconds and again reduced to 150 volts, and kept on for 43 seconds,
making a total contact of 59 seconds. At 12 o’clock, noon, after the physicians had made a
careful examination he was pronounced dead and this ended the eventful
career of Martin Foy. The
body was then removed to the dissecting room where an autopsy was
held. The body was found
to be in a normal condition.
father and brother were in the village of Dannemora when the
electrocution took place. After
it was over the body was turned over to them and was taken to Saratoga
on last night’s train.
electrocution was in every respect a success, thanks to the care of
Warden Thayer and Prison Physician Ransom, who saw that no detail was
lacking to carry out the law in a perfect manner.
witnesses were invited to dinner at the warden’s house at which they
were shown through the model prison of the state.
the present law went into operation there have been nineteen
electrocutions in the state as follows:
William Kemmler, at Auburn,August 1890.
J.J. Slocum, at Sing Sing, July 1891.
H.A. Smiler, at Sing Sing, July 1891.
Joseph Wood, colored, at Sing Sing, July 7, 1891.
Schi Hoke Juglo, at Sing Sing, July 7, 1891.
Martin D. Loppy, at Sing Sing, Dec. 7, 1891.
Charles McElvaine, at Sing Sing, Feb. 8, 1892.
Jeremiah Cotto, at Sing Sing, March 28, 1892.
Joseph Tyce, at Auburn, May 1892.
Joseph Wood, at Clinton, Aug. 1892.
Fred Maguire, at Sing Sing, Dec. 1892.
Cornell E. Loth, at Clinton, Jan. 16, 1893.
Joseph J. Hamilton (colored), at Sing Sing, April 3, 1893.
Carlisle W. Harris, at Sing Sing, May 8, 1893.
Joseph Martel, at Clinton, June 6, 1893.
John L. Osmond, at Sing Sing, June 12, 1893.
John Fitzhume, at Auburn, June 26, 1893.
W.G. Taylor, at Auburn, July, 1893.
Martin Foy, at Clinton, October 1893.