27 August 1802 – James Mellor and Thomas Spencer
We head to Derbyshire for today’s date with death. A thieving twosome hit the gallows – James Mellor and Thomas Spencer, although Mellor’s crime is the subject of uncertainty. According to records from Derby Gaol, both men were had up for burglary, but another source says he stole a horse.
28 August 2007 – DaRoyce Lamont Mosley
A bloodbath in a bar left four people murdered and one man on death row. As waitress Sandra Cash packed up the night’s takings four customers sat finishing their drinks. Suddenly three men burst in brandishing guns and demanding money and although Sandra handed over the meagre takings without question she was shot twice.
29 August 1533 – Atahualpa
Curiosity killed the Inca today in 1533. Once a former ruler of one of the most golden dynasties – the Incas – Atahualpa was executed after he served his useful purpose. This was at a time when the Spanish were on the look-out to extend their territories.
30 August 2000 – Gary Lee Roll
Misery hit Missouri after three men decided to target an innocent family. Masquerading as the police, Gary Lee Rolls and two cohorts blagged their way into the home of family of four – the Schepers.
31 August 1995 – Barry Lee Fairchild
Controversy shrouds today’s main man – Barry Lee Fairchild, whose life sharply hit the skids in Arkansas today in 1995. Indeed his execution was so controversial that the Arkansas board voting on whether to commute his sentence were to face ‘their closest vote on record’ – the penalty ended up being just one vote away from being overturned, according to Michael Kroll from the Death Penalty Information Center.
1 September 1773 – William Field
The highways and byways were slightly safer after our next man hit the gallows. William Field was strung up for a range of robberies on the streets on London. He started off well enough as a footman, but soon people got wise to his ill-gotten ways and wound up where no-one would touch him because he was so dodgy.
2 September 1685 – Alice Lisle
On the debut day of the infamous Winchester Assizes, a lady found out just how bloody Judge Jeffreys could be. Dame Alice Lisle (or Lyle) lost her head today in 1685 after she was found guilty of housing treasonous individuals.