© 2024 WFAE

Mailing Address:
WFAE 90.7
P.O. Box 896890
Charlotte, NC 28289-6890
Tax ID: 56-1803808
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

A Prisoner Sentenced to Two Deaths

A new book revisits an old case about a Louisiana prisoner who was executed by electrocution — twice.

In 1946, Louisiana guards attempted to execute 16-year-old Willie Francis but botched it.

The legal case that resulted ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

NPR's Tony Cox talks with author Gilbert King about The Execution of Willie Francis.

Copyright 2023 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.