Joseph Francel

Joseph Francel (September 2, 1895  January 25, 1981) was an electrician from Cairo, New York, who served as the state of New York's executioner from 1939 to 1953. He executed 137 people, including Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck[1][2] and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.[3][4] Francel is buried in section 4 of Cairo Cemetery, near the village that bears the same name.

Joseph Francel
Born(1895-09-02)September 2, 1895
DiedJanuary 25, 1981(1981-01-25) (aged 85)
OccupationElectrician, Executioner
Known forExecutions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

See also


  1. Murderpedia: Raymond Fernandez
  2. Murderpedia: Martha Beck
  3. Jennifer Gonnerman (2005-01-18). "The Last Executioner - Page 1 - News - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  4. "Executions is the U.S. 1608-2002: The ESPY File Executions by State" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-17.

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