10 August 1982 – Frank James Coppola
Ultra-violent former policeman Frank James Coppola was executed after he was found guilty of robbery and murder.
Working with a female accomplice, they tricked their way into the home of Muriel Hatchell in 1978, where she was bound with venetian blind cord. They then took hold of her head and repeated bashed it against the floor until she was dead.
The assailants then made off with $3,100 in cash and some rings.
Coppola was taken into custody and the 38-year-old was found guilty of murder in the first degree. He became the first person to be executed in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and he was sent to the electric chair for his crimes.