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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery - Hitchhiking
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: October 23, 1953
Date of birth: 1908
Victim profile: Clarence Dodd (male)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Nevada, USA
Status: Executed by asphyxiation-gas in Nevada on July 15, 1954

Frank A. Pedrini and Leroy L. Linden were executed together at the Nevada State Prison on July 15, 1954. This was the first double execution at the Nevada Gas Chamber.

They were executed for the murder of Clarence Dodd, a Lancaster, California carpenter on October 23, 1953.

Dodd was returning home after visiting his mother in Winnemucca. Dodd picked up Pedrini and Linden hitch hiking, and drove 150 miles west on Highway 40.

Near Mustang Station Dodd was forced to drive up an isolated canyon. Linden and Pedrini then strangled Dodd pulling equally hard on a 30-inch length of binder twine.

Pedrini and Linden had been cellmates at the Folsom State Prison in California. Both had extensive criminal records.

Pedrini was born in Los Gatos, California and at the time of his death was 46 years old. Linden was born in Aurora, Illinois and was 34 years old at his death.



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