Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 27)
2 July 1931 – Peter Kürten
The Vampire of Düsseldorf got it in the neck on 2 July 1931.
Although he first killed in 1913, it was sexual sadist Peter Kürten’s murderous spree at the end of the 1920s that sent shockwaves around Germany.
From ‘you’re fired’ to the firing squad in less than a year. When General Tetsuzan Nagata dismissed Japanese soldier Saburo Aizawa from active duty in August 1935 the disgruntled Lieutenant Colonel took the ultimate revenge on the boss who’d sacked him.
4 July 1597 – Henry Abbot
Bait was used to lure Henry Abbott to his death in the 16th century. And with a name like Abbott, it seems fitting that his crime was religion-based.
A Yorkshire man by birth, Abbott was a Catholic convert at a time when England was in the grip of the Reformation – a break away from Roman Catholicism towards the establishment of the Church of England and Protestantism.
5 July 1945 – Harold Joseph Pringle
The only Canadian to be executed for military crimes during WW2 died on this day 1945. Private Harold Pringle was a good soldier who served in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment of the Canadian Army.
6 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More
Saint (or Sir, depending on who you ask) Thomas More was a writer, lawyer and politician who became a close personal advisor to Henry VIII. He had several high-profile jobs during his varied career including Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Chancellor.
7 July 1865 – the Lincoln Conspirators
lthough the man who actually shot Abraham Lincoln was killed while on the run, the rest of his gang met their demise side-by-side in Washington DC. Triggerman John Wilkes-Booth had originally only intended to kidnap Lincoln and to use his hostage to bargain for the release of prisoners of the American Civil War.
8 July 1999 – Allen Lee Davis
Allen Lee ‘Tiny’ Davis was on parole for armed-robbery when he turned up at the Jacksonville home of the Weiler family and attacked pregnant mother of two Nancy.