11 January 2001 – Wanda Jean Allen
Wanda Jean Allen had a habit of bumping off her lesbian lovers.
Allen was sentenced to death for the 1988 killing of her lover Gloria Jean Leathers, 29, in the US. She shot her in the stomach at point-blank range. In the case against Allen, the prosecution produced a card that she had given Leathers. With a picture of a gorilla, the printed message read: ‘Patience my ass. I am going to kill something.’ Allen’s equally loving message inside read, ‘Try and leave me and you will understand this card more. Dig. For real, no joke.’
Ironically they’d met in prison when Allen was doing time for manslaughter after her childhood friend Detra Pettus was killed in 1981. Meanwhile Leathers was inside after having stabbed Sheila Marie Barker.
Allen, 41, was put to death by lethal injection in 2001, making her the first black woman to be executed in the United States since 1954. She was the sixth woman to be executed since the sentence was resurrected in 1976.