Archive for September, 2009

Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 39)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , on September 24 by Old Sparky

24 September 1652 – Captain James Hind
Life may have panned out very differently if our next man’s plan had worked. But it didn’t. Instead the notorious highwayman by the name of Captain James Hind was strung up for robbery.

25 September 2008 – Jesse James Cummings
“The justice system let me down on this case. It turned a blind eye to truth in this. Today, you came here to see an innocent man die,” Cummings said according to a report by American newspaper, USA Today. Apparently, he gasped twice and was pronounced dead at 6:11 pm, just six minutes after the lethal liquids were intravenously released.

26 September 1818 – John Moores
John Moores was put to death for burglary. He was hanged in Chester in 1818.

27 September 2007 – Rickey Nolan McGinn
Well, what do you know, Texas was at it again today in 2000 when the state carried out its lethal sentence against Rickey Nolan McGinn. His was a particularly heinous crime because he raped and killed his own step-daughter, who was just 12 at the time.

28 September 1666 – Robert Hubert
An angry mob of Londoners tore French watchmaker Robert Hubert’s corpse limb from limb on this day in 1666, after Hubert blagged that he started the Great Fire of London. Forget an errant bale of straw at a bakery in Pudding Lane, our French friend thought it would be a great idea to claim he’d sparked the conflagration.

29 September 1637 – Lorenzo Ruiz
Eat yer heart out David Blaine with your pseudo-hangin’ upside down, for we’ve found a story to top your stunt. So let’s head to the Philippines via Japan for the latest instalment of notable dates with death. Today marks a historic event in the Far Eastern Catholic calendar for it heralds the death of the first Filipino saint.

30 September 1952 – Dennis Muldowney
James Bond creator, Ian Fleming was inspired by the exotic Polish victim slain by today’s deadly desperado’s date with death. Dennis Muldowney was executed on this day in 1952 for the murder of a Cold-War countess. Marine steward, Muldowney was jailed and sentenced to death for killing Polish Countess Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, who was known for her forays into espionage.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 38)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , , on September 17 by Old Sparky

With news just in that 10 November 2009 has been set for the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the man found guilty of the Washington sniper attacks, we head back in time to learn the fate of another band of infamous villains.

17 September 1915 – Augusto Roggen
Augusto Alfredo Roggen was executed in the Tower of London during the 1914–18 First World War. Roggen (or maybe Roggin), originally from Montevideo in Uruguay, was accused of spying for the Germans. And the Brits were onto him.

18 September 1959 – Harvey Murray Glatman
Death by cyanide poisoning was the way US serial killer Harvey Murray Glatman went for a litany of crimes against females. AKA, the ‘Lonely Hearts Killer, Glatman went on a frenzied rampage raping and killing women in LA, tying them up so they couldn’t resist then taking photos so he could capture the moments.

19 September 1692 – Giles Corey
In the grip of the Salem Witch trials, Giles Corey was sentenced to be squashed to death in 1692. The naked 80-year-old was laid down and covered with a board, then stones were heaped on top until the life was crushed out of him. Corey was the one and only man in Massachusetts to be killed in this way.

20 September 1586 – Anthony Babington
It’s about time we had a bit of Elizabethan intrigue to spice up September. Who better to beef things up than Anthony Babington, who brings subterfuge along in spades. The Derbyshire gent headed up a seditious plot to overthrow the then Queen of England in favour of his Catholic benefactor, Mary Stuart.

21 September 1739 – Thomas Lympus
If you thought Crimestoppers was a relatively new initiative, think again. In 1739, an Act of Parliament granted you £200 if you were able to bring in any highway robbers. It may not sound like much nowadays, but £200 was a small fortune in those days. So imagine if the Postmaster General of the day offered to raise that reward by a further £200 – that gives you some idea of how much they wanted our next bloke.

22 September 1692 – Martha Corey
Victim of the Salem witch trials in America, Martha Corey was executed for daring to speak out against a set of young girls. The 17th-century witch trials took place in the Puritanical heartland of America’s north-eastern state of New England. Groups of young girls in Massachusetts were to accuse many members of the townships of witchcraft in what can only be called mass hysteria.

23 September 2003 – Joseph Earl Bates
‘I haven’t really give (sic) it any thought’ said Joseph Earl Bates when asked for his last words. Amazing really when you find out that Bates had sat stewing for 13 years on North Carolina’s death row, waiting to be extinguished for the brutal murder of Charles Edwin Jenkins.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 37)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , on September 10 by Old Sparky

10 September 1977 – Hamida Djandoubi
Hamida Djandoubi has the dubious honour of being the last person to be officially sent to the guillotine in France. The Tunisian immigrant was beheaded in Marseilles for killing his girlfriend after she shopped him to the police for forcing her into prostitution.

11 September 1599 – Beatrice Cenci
In a life riven with incest and abuse, 16th-century Italian beauty Beatrice Cenci was driven to kill her depraved father. Just a child, Cenci was the middle child of three who lived in Rome. Her older brother Giacomo and her younger brother Bernardo, plus her step-mother Lucrezia were already being abused when her father Francesco turned on his daughter and started committing incest.

12 September 2006 – Farley Matchett
Farley Matchett was shoved onto death row for killing a man apparently in self defence. However, his excuse was that victim, Uries Anderson owed him money, and when he didn’t cough up Matchett stabbed Anderson in the back twice in so-called self defence… and beat him on the head with a hammer.

13 September 1946 – Amon Göth
At the risk of perpetuating a myth, the 13th did indeed prove unlucky for today’s unsavoury individual. There was once an unwritten rule that if you cheated death during execution in earlier centuries, then you walked free. Not so in the 20th century and certainly not in the case of Amon Leopold Göth, who hit the gallows on this day in 1946, in one of the most protracted deaths on our site.

14 September 2005 – Frances Newton
Frances Newton was sent down for shooting her husband and two children in Texas. Newton was convicted for the 1987 murder of Adrian Newton, seven-year-old Alton, and 21-month-old Farrah. The case against the 21-year-old was said to have been founded on circumstantial evidence and there was a bid to get the African-American released.

15 September 1982 – Sadegh Ghotbzadeh
The former foreign minister in Iran, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh was executed on this day in 1982. A loyal aide to Ayatollah Khomeini and a keen supporter of the National Front in Iran, the keen right-winger was sentenced to death for conspiracy.

16 September 1816 – Susanna Holroyd
Susanna Holroyd was strung up in 1816 for murdering her husband. Her hanging took place at Lancaster Castle.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 36)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , on September 3 by Old Sparky

3 September 1924 – Patrick Mahon

Patrick Mahon was put to death for killing his pregnant, secret lover Emily Kaye in 1924. Mahon was actually married when Kaye took his fancy. And it was the spurned Mrs Mahon who ultimately led to his demise.

4 September 1925 – Lawrence Fowler

A Leeds killer who fancied himself a bit of a gangster was strung up today in 1925. Lawrence Fowler went to the gallows after he, along with his mates, murdered a boxer.

5 September 1930 – Carl Panzram

Unrepentant to the end, serial killer Carl Panzram was sent to the gallows for a lifetime of gratuitous violence and crime. As he was being hooded and prepared for execution at Leavenworth in Kansas, Panzram spat ‘Hurry up you Hoosier bastard, I could kill 10 men while you’re fooling around’.

6 September 1991 – Donald Henry ‘Pee Wee’ Gaskins

Most people take being a short arse in their stride and go on to make a tremendous success of their lives. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Tom Cruise (sometimes) are noteworthy cases in point.

7 September 1945 – Thomas Richardson

Thomas Richardson was put to death for killing David Dewar. He was hanged just before the end of the Second World War ended on 7 September in Leeds, aged 27.

8 September 1914 – Thomas Highgate

Thomas Highgate was just a fearful teenager when he served in the First World War, and poignantly became the first soldier to be executed for being a deserter. The Royal West Kent Regiment soldier was shot at dawn for ‘cowardice’ a mere 35 days into the war, aged 19.

9 September 1723 – Humphry Angier

Humphry Angier was executed at Tyburn in 1723, for robbery. In a life rife with crime, his wife was packed off to Australia for pickpocketing, while Angier was had up for full-on robbery.

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