National Affairs: Quickest Way Out

A year ago next week, the blackened bodies of 322 prisoners lay on the lawn of the Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus. They had been asphyxiated or roasted to death in the nation's most grisly prison holocaust (TIME, April 28). A hundred feet away from the lawn is the institution's death house, where felons are mortally burned in another fashion. To this dread place, last week, two inmates serving long terms for robbery begged to be sent speedily. These two convicts were known as Clinton ("Cotton") Grate and Hugh Gibbons. They confessed to...

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