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Famous People Who Died in a Gas Chamber

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List of famous people who died in a gas chamber, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died in the gas chamber are listed alphabetically and include the famous gas chamber victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Everything from Ilse Wagner to Liane Krochmal is included on this list. These notable gas chamber deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has gas chamber as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (79 People)
Robert Alton Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in a Gas Chamber
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Robert Alton Harris (January 15, 1953 - April 21, 1992) was an American car thief, burglar, kidnapper and murderer who was executed at San Quentin State Prison in 1992 for the 1978 murders of two teenage boys in San Diego. His execution was the first in the state of California since 1967. Harris was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was abused as a child. He had run-ins with police as early as age 10, and was first placed into juvenile detention at age 13 for stealing a car. His mother abandoned him at age 14 and he was soon after placed into juvenile detention after stealing another car. Following his release he found work, married, and had a son. In 1975 he was imprisoned for ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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Harvey Glatman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in a Gas Chamber
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Harvey Murray Glatman (December 10, 1927 – September 18, 1959) was an American serial killer active during the late 1950s. He was known in the media as "The Lonely Hearts Killer" and "The Glamour Girl Slayer". He would use several pseudonyms, posing as a professional photographer to lure his victims with the promise of a modelling career. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 32 (1927-1959)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Barbara Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in a Gas Chamber
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Barbara Graham (June 26, 1923 – June 3, 1955) was an American criminal convicted of murder. She was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin Prison on the same day as two convicted accomplices, Jack Santo and Emmett Perkins, all of whom were involved in a robbery that led to the murder of an elderly widow. Nicknamed "Bloody Babs" by the press, Graham was the third woman in California to be executed by gas.Her story of adult criminal activity is told in the 1958 film I Want to Live!, in which she was portrayed by Susan Hayward, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 32 (1923-1955)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

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Caryl Chessman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in a Gas Chamber
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Caryl Whittier Chessman (May 27, 1921 – May 2, 1960) was a convicted robber, kidnapper and rapist who was sentenced to death for a series of crimes committed in January 1948 in the Los Angeles area. The "first modern American executed for a non-lethal kidnapping", Chessman was convicted under a loosely interpreted "Little Lindbergh law" – later repealed, but not retroactively – that defined kidnapping as a capital offense under certain circumstances. His case attracted worldwide attention, and helped propel the movement to end the use of capital punishment in the state of California.While in prison, Chessman wrote four books, including his memoirs Cell 2455, Death Row. The book was adapted ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 39 (1921-1960)

Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan

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