The Last Public Execution in America

by Perry T. Ryan


In preparing this publication, the author reviewed innumerable materials and interviewed various persons who were both directly and indirectly involved with the Bethea case. The most significant sources of information are as follows:

While this is not an exhaustive list, other personal interviews were conducted with Harry Phil Pearce of Epworth, Illinois; Buck Reynolds of Carmi, Illinois; Neville Tucker of Sepulveda, California; Tilford Brown, former Deputy Sheriff of Jefferson County, Kentucky; Dorothy Edwards Ivey of Gadsden, Alabama; and Joseph Dishman of Owensboro.