Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 47)

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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