5 August 2004 – James Hubbard

James Hubbard

James Hubbard

It was suicide, claimed American James Hubbard after his victim turned up with three bullet wounds to the shoulder, face and head.

Of course the ‘suicidal’ 62-year-old Lillian Montgomery not only shot herself three times, she robbed herself of her gold and diamond watch, as well as $500 in cash and cheques.

Naturally the pitiful defence didn’t wash, especially as Hubbard had already done time for murder in 1957.

And exactly 20 years on he seemed to have learned nothing. Hubbard killed Montgomery in 1977 and the irony was that his victim had sponsored him to come out of jail after his first offence and had even given him a roof over his head. The double murderer was left to stew on death row for just under 30 years before he was lethally injected aged 74.

Also on this day

5 August 1790 – John Dyer
5 August 1908 – Matthew Dodds

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