6 January 1989 – George Mercer

George Mercer was the first person to be executed in Missouri since 1976 after he murdered his birthday present.

Mercer was sentenced to death for raping and murdering Karen Keeton on 31 August 1978 in Kansas. Apparently his friends had brought the 22-year-old waitress over to his house as a celebratory gift to help him enjoy his birthday.

At gunpoint he then proceeded to rape her, despite the fact that his 11-year-old daughter was home. Mercer then killed Keeton in cold blood.

The 44-year-old was put to death by lethal injection in 1989, 10 years on from the crime, by the State of Missouri.

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2 Responses to “6 January 1989 – George Mercer”

  1. jenny Says:

    What a monster! He deserves what he got!!!

    • What he REALLY deserved was to live for 2013 more years and not enjoying a single nanosecond of it. I know: I AM cruel. Death is the better option compared to life in prison – which is mere existence – not anything resembling life.

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