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The Death Chamber
1971 Karl R. Josker

The Death Chamber

The electric chair used to sit where the four rectangles are in the exact center of the picture. In the background was where they did the autopsy to determine the cause of death. Sing Sing was the home of the death house from the early 1900's through the 1960's, when it was moved to Greenhaven. In Sing Sing, many notorious criminals were executed, including the Rosenberg's among others.

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Ann Onymous 02-Aug-2011 22:11
The autopsy was done to so there would be a legal verification that the person died by electrocution, at the hands of the state, and not be some other means. For example the guy commits suicide and then they decide to stick him in the chair just to cover their asses. I agree with others who say this must be the old death chamber.
JT 13-Jun-2011 17:13
The death chamber picture is obviously the previous execution room used from 1890-1922. The newer death chamber did have the chair centered between the two side walls - there was also an entry door installed on an angle where the condemned entered the chamber.
Guest 26-Jan-2010 23:04
I am ery interested to know what the white box is for as well. Question why are they doing a autopsy when the cause fo death was brought on????
earl 20-Apr-2009 18:57
i want to know what the white box does
Guest 19-Apr-2008 04:51
if those walls could talk
Guest 19-Oct-2007 22:34
Very nice shot. Kind of spooky!
CLAUDIA 02-Dec-2006 17:01
Where IS THE ELECTRIC CHAIR???....i dont see it....
morgan 24-Apr-2006 18:27
What is the white box with the open door in the front left for?
John 26-Sep-2005 18:36
On looking at photographs of the death chamber when the chair was in use I must say that this does not appear to be where the chair was positioned, it's to close to the wall, the old photo's have the chair more central !!!
Informed Source 29-May-2005 22:18
The purpose for conducting an autopsy - post-execution, was likely to meet the laws that many states have saying all deaths in a state institution (be it a prison or state hospital) must be subject to autopsy.