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Dead certain about his date with the hangman

Jan 22, 2011 9:24:14 PM- latimes.com
Dallas Egan, a Depression-era murderer, admitted his guilt and 'gave no quarter and wanted none.' What was unusual was his insistence on being hanged. He even danced a jig as he entered San Quentin's death chamber.

Back in the days when execution by lethal gas or hanging came "swift and sure" for San Quentin's condemned — long before lengthy appeals and federal court rulings rendered death sentences academic — death row inmates could only dream of ways to "cheat the hangman."