18 February 1916 – Oscar Comery

Oscar Comery pleaded guilty to killing his wife in the hope they’d be lenient on him.

He’d been hoping for life imprisonment. Instead his ploy backfired and the sentence was death. As a result, he was sent to the gallows, aged 34, for poisoning his wife with strychnine.

Comery was hanged on this day in 1916 and remains one of only three people to be executed by the state of New Hampshire in the 20th century.

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