Joe Arridy had an IQ of 46 and is known as the “happiest prisoner on death row”. He went into the gas chamber with a smile. It turned out he was innocent.

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Joe Arridy had an IQ of 46 and is known as the “happiest prisoner on death row”. He went into the gas chamber with a smile. It turned out he was innocent.

This case is really heartbreaking. When I see this picture on Facebook, I was shocked.

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Dorothy Drain’s parents returned to their residence in Pueblo, Colo. On the night of August 15, 1936, they discovered their 15-year-old daughter's corpse in a pool of her blood, killed by a blow to the skull while she was sleeping.

Both 15-year-old Dorothy and her 12-year-old sister Barbara Drain were bludgeoned by an intruder with what was believed to be a hatchet. Dorothy was also raped; she died from the hatchet attack, while Barbara survived.

Arridy was convicted, largely because of his false confession Studies since that time has shown that persons of limited mental capacity are more vulnerable to coercion during interrogation and have a higher frequency of making false confessions. There was no physical evidence against him. Barbara Drain, the surviving sister, had testified that Frank Aguilar had been present at the attack, but not Arridy. She could identify Aguilar because he had worked for her father.

In 2011, a new look at the case proved that Arridy was innocent.

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Hanging Of A Disabled

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