Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 46)

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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