Historical Murders: The Happiest Man Who Ever Lived on Death RowJuly 17, 2018 Laura
Joe Arridy was a mentally disabled man who was coerced into a confession and wrongly convicted for the murder of Dorothy Drain in Pueblo, CO in 1936. Despite the real killer already in custody in Pueblo, police continued to pursue the conviction of Arridy despite him having the mental capacity of a 4 year old. He spent his final years on death row playing with toy trains gifted to him by the warden. His case saw an unprecedented number of stays of execution.