|Ada Bonner Leboeuf|
|Ada Leboeuf was a 38 years old middle-class housewife.
She lived in Louisiana.
She was having a heated affair with the family doctor. Together they hired a handyman to shoot Ada's husband.
The handyman was sentenced to life, but Ada and her lover was sentenced to death:
"You, Ada Bonner Leboeuf and you T. E. Dreher, are to be hanged by the neck until you are dead".
While awaiting her execution Ada had a rocking chair brought into her cell, unlimited visitation rights and freshly ironed summer dresses.
|The gallows room was a rectangular 12 by 18 feet with a metal gallows build in, all painted white, and sourrounded by cells.
On February 1, 1929 it was spotlessly clean.
The gallows trap was railed by metal pipes and on a landing leading to the Ada's cell.
At ten minutes after noon Ada's death march began. The gallows trap was 15 feet from her cell. She was dressed in a pink housedress. Blindfolded and limply leaning on the arm of the jailer, Ada stepped out on the trap where the hangman began his work in jerky movements. The jailer tied her skirt around her knees to prevent it from "parachuting" immodestly during her fall. The hangman lashed her ancles together.
When she stepped on the trap, Ada clapsed her hands before her in prayer. The Sheriff was forced to step forward and move them behind her so that the hangman could tie them there. In a high pitched, thembling voice she implored "Don't let me hang there too long. Don't make me suffer any more than I have to. Oh God. Isn't this a terrible thing? Oh God, who can do this thing? It is worse than murder itself"
Then came the hood black with white tape and fastened by a safety pin, muffling her voice, as the hangman adjusted the noose around her neck: "Oh. Oh, that rope's too tight" The jailer reassured her it wasn't. "Yes it is" Ada insisted. The jailer told her to stand up, but she said she could not. The jailer had to support her until the moment before the trap was sprung.
Ada's body was now swinging in the rope. The priest started to pray. Finally two physicians came forward with their stethoscopes, lifting her eyelids and making other tests for life. They pronounced her dead, and after the requires interval, the Sheriff cut the rope. She was carried out, and later the attending physicians insisted there had been no pain to her.
At Ada's funeral, her casket is said to have been open.
|Ada is led to the court by the Sheriff.|