When the county sheriff handled Texas executions
from Houston Chronicle
There was a time in Texas history — from just before the days of the republic up until 1923 — when death sentences were carried out by local authorities. Veteran law enforcement officer West Gilbreath has researched these executions for his book, "Death on the Gallows: The Encyclopedia of Legal Hangings in Texas" (Wild Horse Press). Gilbreath, a captain with the University of North Texas Police Department, previously published a similar look at legal hangings in New Mexico.
What follows are emailed questions and answers with Gilbreath about this era in the state's criminal justice system.
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