What was the punishment imposed against "Murderous Mary" Sept. 13, 1916, in Erwin, Tennessee?
The Sparks circus came to Erwin, Tennessee, in September 1916. The circus hired Walter Eldridge as an assistant animal trainer, even though he had no experience in dealing with animals. During a parade to advertise the circus, Eldridge goaded Mary with a spear or hook, an action to which she reacted violently. Witnesses reported Mary threw Eldridge against a drink stand, crushing his skull. The town sentenced "Murderous Mary" to hang. Mary was an Asian elephant. Source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com
- firing squad
- life in prison