Hanging of 'In Cold Blood' killers marks 50th anniversary

April 12, 2015 4:29 PM

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Authorities gathered in the musty, bleakly lit warehouse that housed the gallows at Lansing State Penitentiary to execute convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith during the early morning hours of April 14, 1965.

Prison officials decided to hold a coin toss and hang the winner first, Jerry Collins, a corrections officer at the time, said in a 1996 interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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