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On March 4, 1944, murderer and racketeer Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, in Ossining, New York. It was a Saturday, and the Jewish chaplain at the penitentiary, Rabbi Jacob Katz, requested that the electrocution be postponed for a day, as the Sabbath was a busy day for him. According to the next day’s Daily News, however, “His appeal failed to move the Governor,” Thomas...