Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 36)
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.