They hanged him down by the river.
August 11, 2011 1:56 PM Subscribe
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Seventy-five years ago today, Rainey Bethea was the last person to be publicly executed
in the U.S.Photo of Bethea led to execution
Photo of hanging, crowd
As for Florence Thompson, who had succeeded her husband Everett as sheriff upon his death in 1935, she received both death threats and marriage proposals after the execution. But she won election to the remaining two years of the term in a landslide on Nov. 3, 1936.
Still, James Thompson said his mother lived with the decision to carry out the execution until she died in 1961. Thompson describes his mother - and by extension, Owensboro - as hard working and committed to carrying out her duties as required.
"She did a good job in the end," Thompson said.