RAMSEY, N.J. — Edgar H. Smith, who confessed to killing a Ramsey High School cheerleader 60 years ago, died in a California prison hospital at 83 years old.
Smith of Hasbrouck Heights died March 20. His passing was not reported until Saturday, when The Washington Post ran a story.
Smith was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair, The Post reports.
Influential commentator William F. Buckley Jr., however, campaigned for Smith's release in the mid-1960s. The murderer was ultimately removed from death row, the article says.
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