Gallows Auction

CHICAGO (AP) -- Cook County's retired gallows is now in the hands of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.

Ripley's bid of 68-thousand-300 dollars beat out the Chicago History Museum for the rights to the contraption that put 86 inmates to death between 1887 and 1927.

Officials with the auction house say the San Francisco-based Ripley's has yet to make arrangements to move the structure from its current home at a tourist theme park and steakhouse in Union, Illinois.

Mike Donley bought the device from Cook County in 1977, and he says the gallows doesn't fit the business anymore.

The gallows was last used June 24th of 1927 in the hanging of convicted murderer Elin Lyons. After that, Cook County switched to electrocution.


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