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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.

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