Sin Don't Enter Into It
Posted by Cullen McGough on Friday, 8 August 2014
In 1936, Owensboro, Kentucky was rocked by the brutal murder of Lischia Edwards by a young illiterate black man, Rainey Bathea. Despite confessing to the murder, what happened to Rainey next sparked one of the strangest trials in American history. Caught up in election-year politics, the young man found himself accused of rape by a prosecutor eager to exploit a loophole in Kentucky law. If convicted of rape instead of murder, Rainey would face a blood-thirsty mob at a public hanging rather than a private execution. Hampered with a divided defense team, damning evidence and no chance of acquittal, Rainey was presented with a terrible choice: confess to a rape he didn't commit and hang, or confess to murder and become one of the first men to sit in the newly-invented electric chair...
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