Tree once used for hangings in Southeast Missouri taken down

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Monday, April 18 2016 Apr 18, 2016 Monday, April 18, 2016 8:25:00 AM CDT April 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JACKSON - The "hanging tree" once used for executions in Cape Girardeau County has been taken down.

The Southeast Missourianreports that county officials ordered the tree in Jackson to be removed after determining it no long was healthy enough to continue standing.

The mulberry tree was taken down Sunday.

The tree stood next to the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse and was used in the hanging of condemned criminals. Missouri officially stopped using hanging as an execution method in 1937, but Cape Girardeau County's last hanging was June 15, 1899, when convicted killer 19-year-old John Headrick was executed for killing a man a year earlier.

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