Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 25)
18 June 1990 – John Edward Swindler
Swindler is not another Batman nemesis, but the surname of the bloke who was Old Sparky’s last victim in Arkansas. John Edward Swindler was his name to be precise and he gained notoriety by refusing to elect which method he should die by.
19 June 1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
Our next American duo was the stuff of James Bond movies. A couple by the name of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage after they were found guilty of spying for Russia. At a time when East/West relations were beginning to get strained to say the least, it was a bizarre climate of distrust.
20 June 2006 – Lamont Reese
‘This is some kind of nasty’ were the dying words of our next unsavoury character in response to his lethal injection. Meet Texan Lamont Reese, a triple murderer whose victims’ only crime was to flirt with his girlfriend.
Reese was just 21 at the time, while the three victims were slightly older.
21 June 2000 – Thomas Harrison Provenzano
Drama surrounded our next American execution. In a will-he-won’t-he cliff-hanger, Thomas Harrison Provenzano sat hooked up to the gurney even as they battled in a last-ditch attempt to get a stay of execution.
For Provenzano was deemed not to be mentally stable. Indeed his unpredictability had already been proven.
22 June 1535 – John Fisher
Mary I of England was her dad’s daughter all right. It was easy to see where she got her propensity to bump off religious people from.
After all Henry VIII was just the same, just he was motivated by a different religion – Protestantism and he’d just passed the Act of Supremacy which had given him carte blanche to do whatever the hell he liked.
23 June 1915 – Carl Muller
Invisible ink failed to fool the British Secret Service during the First World War. And as spying during World War I was punishable by death, Carl Friedrick Muller felt the full force of British wrath after he was executed for his betrayals. Yet he almost missed his own execution after the black cab broke down on its way to the Tower of London.
24 June 1926 – Louie Calvert
Despite her protestations that she was up the duff, it took a mere 20 seconds to kill Louie Calvert on this day in 1926. The murderess was hanged in Strangeways after she’d been found guilty of killing her landlady and a former boss.