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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Prison inmate
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 19, 1945
Date of birth: 1900
Victim profile: Eloise Kennedy
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: New Mexico, USA
Status: Executed by electrocution on June 13, 1947

June 13, 1947: Louis Young was the second black man accused of killing a white or Hispanic Santa Fe woman to die in the electric chair. Young was a prison inmate who worked as personal handyman at the prison warden's home which was near the victim's house. Young confessed to the crime following a late-night visit to his cell by authorities, though he soon recanted, saying the confession was forced. Despite efforts by civil rights organizations throughout the state, Young was executed.


Louis Young

Louis Young, a 47-year-old African American, was pronounced dead on Friday, June 13th, 1947, at 12:07. Prior to death, he had walked to the electric chair unassisted, singing the hymn "Use Me Lord in Thy Service." Upon being seated, he was told by present clergy to keep singing. His final statement consisted of a declaration of innocence, and a plea to God for salvation.

Louis Young was executed for the November 19, 1945, slaying of young mother Eloise Kennedy. He was a penitentiary trustee serving time for larceny, and was sent to clean the dwelling of New Mexico State Police Chief Frank Young.

Kennedy lived nearby, and purportedly refused the trustee’s sexual overture. She was found in her apartment, her slacks ripped, eleven stab wounds to her body. A bloody butcher knife from Police Chief Young’s residence was found, and Louis Young subsequently signed a confession on Thanksgiving Day, 1945.



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