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The True Story of the Cat-Murdering Dog Who Actually Went to Jail

The True Story of the Cat-Murdering Dog Who Actually Went to Jail

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is famous for housing many infamous criminals, but their strangest inmate by far was a dog.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Photo from The Key.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Photo from The Key.

Pep the pup, AKA inmate #C-2559, was paw-cessed on August 12, 1924 on charges of killing Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot’s wife’s beloved cat.

All charges aside, Pep the pup wasn’t treated like a normal prisoner. He became a mascot for the prisoners to boost morale and he chilled out in the deputy warden’s quarters while getting plenty of exercise in the yard.
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Deputy Warden paw-bibly looked nothing like @MarnietheDog

In 1926, two years after his in-paw-ceration, Pep received a statement to the New York Times clearing his name.

Today he even has a plush version of himself in the Eastern State Penitentiary gift shop!

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