Archive for November, 2009

Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 48)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , on November 26 by Old Sparky

26 November 1913 – Augustus Penny
Augustus Penny shot his mother in a drunken rage after she willed her house and assets to her eldest son. After 12 years at sea for the Navy, second-born Penny came home to the New Forest where he then looked after his mother and elder brother.

27 November 1913 – Frederick Robertson
Frederick Robertson’s neck was slung in a noose for murder in 1913. The 26-year-old was hanged at Pentonville prison for the double murder of his relatives Nellie and Beatrice Robertson.

28 November 1950 – James Corbitt
James Corbitt was one of Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint’s hangings at Strangeways in 1950. Corbitt had killed his girlfriend, Eliza Wood, in a hotel room in Ashton-under-Lyne. But he was also one of Pierrepoint’s punters at the hangman’s own pub in Oldham.

29 November 1326 – Hugh Le Despenser
Strongly rumoured to have been the bisexual lover of Edward II, Hugh Le Despenser the Younger was strung up today in an execution fraught with animosity.

30 November 1903 – Bernard White
Bernard White was hanged at Chelmsford for the murder of a former sweetheart. He’d met Maud Garrett before he was posted to South Africa. On his return he found that she was engaged to another soldier. Garrett was found murdered shortly after.

1 December 1915 – John Thornley
John Thornley was found guilty of the crime of slitting his ex-fiancée’s throat after she called off their engagement.

2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley
Sam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 47)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , on November 19 by Old Sparky

19 November 1903 – Tom Horn
Tom Horn was hanged in Wyoming for a murder he probably did not commit. The hired gun was a day shy of his 43rd birthday when he was strung up for allegedly killing Willie Nickell, the 14-year-old son of a sheep farmer.

20 November 1864 – James Grippen and Benjamin Redding
The leaders of a brutal gang of rapists were strung up for sexually assaulting three women over a two-day rampage during the American Civil War.

21 November 1910 – Henry Thompson
Henry Thompson went to the gallows for murdering his wife in 1910. The 54-year-old was hanged in Liverpool for killing Mary Thompson.

22 November 1780 – Mary Gardner
Mary Gardner obviously didn’t know her own strength after she was hanged alongside eight men for literally bringing a house down during the Gordon riots of 1780.

23 November 1910 – Hawley Harvey Crippen
OK, so the man to the left may look harmless enough. But in his case looks were truly deceptive. For today is reserved for Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen – a seemingly mild-mannered GP with a far from perfect bedside manner.

24 November 311 – St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Alexandria was beheaded in Eygpt in 311 for being too lenient. During his 11 years as Pope of Alexandria, Peter had drawn up guidance on readmitting people back into the arms of the Catholic church after they’d strayed from the path of righteousness.

25 November 1912 – Gilbert Smith
Gilbert Smith was sent to the gallows for murder in 1913. Smith hanged at Gloucester prison for killing his wife Rosabella Smith. He was 35. Sorry, it is a bit dull today isn’t it?

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 46)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on November 12 by Old Sparky

12 November 1660 – Thomas Harrison
General Thomas Harrison lost his life and a lot more for being a staunch roundhead, during the 17th century Civil War. It was his duties of taking the deposed King Charles I to trial and incriminatingly signing his death warrant that led to Harrison’s execution.

13 November 1849 – Maria and Frederick Manning
Husband and wife team, Maria and Frederick Manning were publicly hanged for bumping off Mrs Manning’s lover. Swiss immigrant Maria worked as a lady’s maid in Britain. But it was a trip to France that threw into the path of her victim Patrick O’Connor. He was older than her and worked in customs at London docks. He attracted her because he had a fair penny put away.

14 November 1949 – Nathuram Godse
Nathuram Godse gained notoriety for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 1948. He along with other activists believed that Gandhi’s actions played to the minorities rather than defending the majority Hindu interests when India and Pakistan were split.

15 November 1996 – Ellis Wayne Felker
Ellis Wayne Felker was sentenced to death in Georgia for killing a student but there is doubt as to whether he was guilty…he also looks like Ugly Betty’s dad. Intriguing.

16 November 1998 – Kenneth McDuff
Freed from one death sentence, Kenneth McDuff was unleashed, allowing him to go on another brutal killing spree. McDuff was born in central Texas and began his life showing signs of antisocial behaviour. He was a bully, unless his victims stood up for themselves, in which case he would back off.

17 November 2005 – Elias Syriani
At 67, Elias Syriani Elias Hanna Syriani was one of the oldest people to be executed in America since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

18 November 1915 – Joe Hill
Joe Hill joked that he wouldn’t be caught dead in Utah. How wrong he was. So, what could he say as he faced a row of armed executioners but ‘fire’? And a volley of shots soon met the Swede’s instruction when he was executed by firing squad for murder in Utah.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 45)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on November 5 by Old Sparky

5 November 2001 – Terry D Clark
Terry D Clark had the dubious honour of being the first inmate in New Mexico to be put down by lethal injection. Clark was had up for murder – a murder he may never have had chance to commit had he not been allowed out on bail following a similar offence.

6 November 2008 – Elkie Lee Taylor
Today is reserved for Elkie Lee Taylor, aka Ronnie Lee Watkins, whose life currently hangs in the balance – he is due to be executed by lethal injection later today for murder. The 46-year-old is on death row after he strangled a 64-year-old nine years ago. Taylor did it using wire coat hangers in the victim’s very own home, during a robbery.

7 November 1845 – Lavinia Burnett
Lavinia Burnett made murder a family affair when she roped her husband and son into killing for money in Arkansas. And the rope is precisely what they got. Burnett and her husband Crawford were hanged for topping Jonathan Selby, who was said to keep piles of money in his house near Fayetteville. Ironically it was another family member that shopped the murderous trio.

8 November 2008 – The Bali Bombers
It was a sultry day in a heaving part of town in Bali. And 12 October 2002 was like any other day with hundreds of tourists flocking to a popular party district…that is until three bombs suddenly shattered their lives. Two went off in by a couple of popular nightclubs, while the other was detonated at the nearby US consulate’s office. The latter didn’t claim any lives, but the former two certainly made up for it. In total 202 people died in the surprise attack.

9 November 2005 – Charles Thacker
Charles Daniel Thacker got a shot of the lethal injection for raping and murdering a Texan woman in her own flat.On 7 April 1993, Karen Crawford, 26 had just been to the supermarket and stopped to collect her post before unloading her car.

10 November 1960 – Francis Forsyth and Norman Harris
Part of a gang, Francis Forsyth and Norman Harris robbed and kicked a man to death. In 1960, Forsyth (18) and Harris (23) together with fellow gang members Christopher Louis Darby (23) and Terrence Lutt (17) set upon Allen Jee in an alley in Hounslow. They kicked him unconscious and stripped him of his cash and left him bleeding from head injuries.

11 November 1880 – Ned Kelly
The Lips himself starred as our next bloke. Yep old Mick Jagger played the eponymous Ned Kelly in a flop of a film dating back to 1970. The main reason why it was such a flop was probably because the chumps had chosen to get a Brit to play the Aussie ‘hero’.

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