Sept. 23, 1953: Barbara Graham, John A. Santo and Emmett Perkins are convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Mabel Monahan. The jury returned the verdict without a recommendation of life in prison.
“Mrs. Graham didn’t bat an eye,” The Times said. She leaned over to say something to her attorney, Jack Hardy. Then she straightened up to listen as the clerk read identical verdicts for Perkins and Santo.”
Graham told Hardy: “As long as they found me guilty of something I didn’t do, I’d rather take the gas chamber than life imprisonment.”