Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 29)

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew
Old habits die hard. OK, so Henry VIII may have turned his back on the Pope in the 16th century, in order to divorce his first wife, but, intrinsically, he was still a Catholic at heart.

17 July 1918 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Can a bloke be more unpopular, let alone a king? Such was the hatred for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia that his actions single-handedly brought about the demise of the royal Romanov dynasty, after he proved supremely ill-equipped to run his own country.

18 July 1711 – Peter Cartwright
A right raucous robber did the Tyburn jig today in 1711, after he was had up for highway holdups. The scourge of the roads around London, Peter Cartwright hooked up with a couple of other light-fingered felons to hold up travellers and relieve them of their valuables.

19 July 2005 – Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni
Disturbingly, an Iranian child aged 16 was strung up today in 2005 next to his 18-year-old mate. Their ages as with their crimes however remain controversial even to this day. The official stance is that Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were found guilty of raping a minor – an even younger child of just 13.

20 July 2004 – Scott Andrew Mink
Unable to get his coke fix, Scott Andrew Mink really cracked up. The Ohio son from hell murdered his mum and dad in a shockingly frenzied attack and promptly wound up on death row.

21 July 1903 – Thomas Porter & Thomas Preston
The sleepy village of Sileby in Leicestershire is the focus for today’s murderous event. The villagers’ lives were thrown into turmoil when two likely lads targeted a policeman and it all ended in tragedy. Thomases Porter and Preston claimed they were being victimised by a pair of coppers – PCs Wilkinson and Hall.

22 July 1991 – Andrew Lee Jones
A jealous lover got back at the woman who dumped him in a depraved and callous crime. Andrew Lee Jones took his wrath out on his ex-partner’s child after he abducted the little girl as she slept.

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