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John C. Woods

Toronto, KS 66777
Telephone Number: 620.625.3235

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"I hanged those ten Nazis... and I am proud of it... I wasn't nervous.... A fellow can't afford to have nerves in this business.... I want to put in a good word for those G.I.s who helped me... they did swell.... I am trying to get [them] a promotion.... The way I look at this hanging job, somebody has to do it. I got into it kind of by accident, years ago in the States...." A quote from hangman Woods after carrying out the executions of ten convicted German Main War Criminals at the Nuremberg Trials.

American Master Sergeant Woods executed a total of 347 people during his 15 year career. It is said that after the Nuremberg Trials he became very disturbed by the way the Germans looked at him. He started carrying two .45s, stating that if some German wanted to get him, they had better make sure they get him with the first shot because he was raised with a pistol in his hand. The Army moved him to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, where he was accidentally electrocuted in 1950.

Though most online reports claim his grave remains unknown, he is buried at the Toronto Cemetery.

contact info
Woodson County Chamber of Commerce
108 S. Main, PO Box 233
Yates Center, KS 66783
Phone: 620.625.3235
Fax: 620.625.2416
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