20 August 1897 – Michele Angiolillo Lombardi
Angiolillo was sentenced to death for shooting Antonio Cánovas del Castillo in revenge for the PM’s harsh and swift reprisal against numerous Spanish activists. The Prime Minister’s wife ran in on the crime in Mondragón, Guipúzcoa and alerted everyone by branding him a murderer.
The Italian replied ‘Pardon, Madame. I respect you as a lady, but I regret that you were the wife of that man.’
The authorities caught up with him and wasted no time condemning him to death. He was garrotted in true Spanish style in Vergara. Angiolillo was just 26 years old.