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Roxana Druse
Born 1847
New York
Died February 28, 1887 (age 39-40)
New York
Conviction(s) Murder
Penalty Death by hanging
Status Executed
Spouse William Druse
Children Mary and George Druse

Roxana Flowers (1847 – February 28, 1887), aka Roxalana Druse, was the last woman hanged in the state of New York before the electric chair replaced the gallows in 1890. She and her daughter Mary beat Roxana's 72-year-old husband Wiliam Druse to death, then chopped up and boiled his remains. Her alleged motive was that her husband worked her too hard. Roxalana was jerked upwards by a weighted rope, rather than being dropped through a trap door, and this failed to break her neck, as she strangled to death agonizingly. The scene was so upsetting to the officials, that it was decided to switch the primary method of execution in the state to the electric chair.

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