6 January 1989 – George Mercer
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.