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The last hanging
[Final Edition]
The Hamilton Spectator - Hamilton, Ont.
Author: Henley, Brian
Date: Jan 30, 1993
Start Page: W.2
Section: Weekend
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'Harry Lee is to be hanged at Barton Street jail for the slaying of Mrs. Mary Rosenblatt. It will be Hamilton's first execution in 22 years. The curly-haired synagogue caretaker showed little emotion as Mr. Justice W.F. Spence imposed the death penalty.' -- Hamilton News, Oct. 6, 1952

Just four months before the jurors were polled to confirm their unanimous guilty verdict, Harry Lee and Mary Rosenblatt had been found by police in a car on a lonely sideroad near the village of Sheffield in Beverly Township.

The News carried a message to The Hon. Stuart Garson, Minister of Justice, calling for a stay of execution 'to allow time for counsel for the defence of the accused man to obtain evidence of Harry Lee's innocence.' The petition could be clipped from the newspaper, signed, and forwarded to [John H. Blair] at his West Avenue North church.

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