#HappyDeathDay to Martha Place
(September 18, 1849 Readington Township, NJ - March 20, 1899 Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, NY)
Martha M. Garretson was executed on this date at age 49 for the murder of her stepdaughter Ida...and the first woman to be put to death by electric chair, where the put the main electrode on her ankle to preserve her modesty. She suffered a head injury at 23 & folks said she was never the same after that, leading to the jealousy of her husband's child. Ida was strangled & her eyes burned with acid. Martha is buried in the family plot in East Millstone, NJ.
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