Documenting and Analyzing the History of Federal Executions
Glen J. Applegate and Robert J. Suhay
Glen Applegate and Robert Suhay met in prison in New York while serving robbery sentences. After release in 1936, the two men robbed a bank in Katonah, New York on March 12, 1937.
Tracked to Topeka, Kansas, FBI Agent Wimberly Wayne Baker was staking out the local post office on April 16, 1937, when the two men entered. As Baker tried to apprehend them, the two men opened fire. Baker was killed. Applegate and Suhay were arrested later that day in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
Applegate and Suhay were convicted and sentenced to death. After their conviction was affirmed in Suhay v. United States, they were hanged at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary on August 12, 1938.
I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa.
This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed.
Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.
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