Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 36)

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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