Betty Butler was executed June 11, 1954,
for strangling and then drowning Evelyn Clark, 35, in front of
witnesses. Ms. Butler didn't deny the killing but argued it was
justified because Ms. Clark made sexual advances toward her.
Ms. Butler, 26, of the West End, was convicted
of using a handkerchief to strangle Ms. Clark in Sharon Woods Park
and then, in front of fishermen, dragging her to the lake and
holding her head underwater.
Other female inmates nicknamed her ''The
Sphynx'' because, while polite, she rarely interacted with them.
Betty Evelyn Butler strangled and
drowned a woman. According to Betty she defended herself as the
woman made "unwanted advantages" to her. Other testimony sugested
that Betty was bisexual and killed the woman in rage over her
attentions to another woman.
Betty was condemned to death.
She was considered polite but never friendly
during her imprisonment.
Betty chose scrambled eggs with cheese, a piece
og toast, two glasses of milk and a dish of apricots for her last
On June 11, 1954 at 8:00 p.m. Betty walked her
last mile betwen two chaplans. The 26 years old woman was dressed
in a pink-and-black print dress, white oxfords and white boby
Betty was calm, carrying a rosary she sat down
for the last time only a quiet murmur.
A few minutes later, at 8:10 p.m. Betty was
Ohio Historical Center visitors look at the electric chair used to
315 Ohio inmates between 1897 and 1963.
(Photo by Jeff Hinckley / Dispatch.com)