8 March 2005 – William Smith

William SmithSex, drugs and a packet of fags – those were apparently what motivated William H Smith to kill his victim.

Smith was executed today in 2005 by lethal injection for the rape and murder of 47-year-old Mary Bradford. The crime took place in Cincinnati, Ohio in September 1987.

Heart of the matter

He’d hooked up with Bradford in a bar they both frequented and they’d gone back to hers. The next day, her boyfriend turned up to find her. She’d been fatally stabbed in the heart as well as in the neck and chest, but not before Smith had forced her to have sex.

When questioned, Smith reckoned that he returned to his victim’s flat because he’d forgotten his fags and £2,500 worth of coke. Bradford apparently told him she no longer had it and that she’d have sex with him as payment instead. But the autopsy revealed that the sex was non-consensual.

Smith was found guilty of the murder and executed on 8 March 2005, aged 47.

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