Archive for the Hanged Category

25 January 1996 – Billy Bailey

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 25 by Old Sparky

Billy Bailey

‘It’s not as if you can look in the yellow pages under ‘h’ for hangman.’ So said Billy Bailey’s lawyer after his client chose to exit via the noose.

Bailey’s was the first hanging in Delaware, America since 1946, so that method of execution was not common.

Cold blood

Nevertheless, he’d been found guilty of murdering two elderly pensioners – husband Gilbert Lambertson, 80, and his wife 73-year-old wife Clara.

The killings were particularly cold blooded, because he’d used both a pistol as well as the couple’s own shotgun to finish the job. And before he’d left, he’d even placed the bodies on chairs.

The penalty was unequivocally death – the only question that remained was the method. And that was a toss up between the injection and the gallows. Of course, Bailey chose the latter for his exit in 1996 and, so far, remains the last man to be hanged in the United States to date.

Also on this day

25 January 2006 – Marion Dudley

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

Advertisements

24 January 1846 – Elizabeth van Valkenburgh

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , , on January 24 by Old Sparky

Driven mad by her drunk and disorderly husband, Elizabeth van Valkenburgh was done for poisoning her spouse in New York.

Van Valkenburgh was so sick of her husband getting bladdered and ‘misusing the children’ that she decided to let alcohol be the death of him, by doctoring his rum and brandy with arsenic. She may even have killed her previous husband the same way.

After the deadly deed, she hid in a barn and broke her leg in a fall. And it was this break plus her obesity that ensured that she was hanged while sat in her rocking chair, aged 47.

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

23 January 1822 – Henry Thompson and Richard Jago

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 23 by Old Sparky

Forger Henry Thompson was sent to the gallows on the same day as the light-fingered Richard Jago.

Richard Jago was hanged at Newgate Prison in London, after he was convicted for burglary.

He was strung up alongside Henry Thompson who was done for forgery. This crime was seen as a form of treason in those days, because it was tantamount to robbing the Crown.

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

21 January 1801 – John Fisher

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 21 by Old Sparky

Sweet-toothed felon John Fisher paid the highest price possible for the sake of stealing some sugar.

Fisher, 23, was hanged at Newgate for stealing 800lbs of sugar from London’s Dundee Wharf in 1801.

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

20 January 1773 – William Griffiths

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 20 by Old Sparky

Highwayman William Griffiths was hanged for targeting a man who was to turn criminal himself.

Petty theft

Griffiths was hanged at Tyburn for stealing two guineas and some pieces of silver. The crime took place on Tottenham Court Road, in London, and Griffiths’s victim was Reverend Dr Dodd.

Little did he know that Dodd was to be hanged at Tyburn as well, just four years later for forgery.

Also on this day

20 January 1823 – Giles East

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

20 January 1823 – Giles East

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 20 by Old Sparky

Giles East was executed for raping a child in 1823.

The paedophile was hanged in Horsemonger Lane prison in Surrey for assaulting a little girl. He was only 16 himself when he was sent to the gallows.

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon

18 January 1803 – George Foster

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on January 18 by Old Sparky

Even in death, George Foster had the power to carry on killing, albeit beyond his control.

George Foster was executed at Newgate on this day in 1803. He’d been found guilty of drowning his wife and one of his children in Paddington canal. But it was in death that he caused another to die of fright.

Shock to the system

Following his hanging, Foster’s corpse was handed over for medical research, namely electric shock treatment.

When electricity were passed through Foster’s face, the corpse’s jaw began moving, the surrounding facial muscles made him grimace, and, eerily, one of the eyes actually opened. In a follow-up session, his right hand lifted up and his fist clenched, plus the legs and thighs started moving. One of the attending assistants, Mr Pass, was literally scared to death, popping his clogs when he got home after the experiments.

Also on this day

18 January 1917 – Lance-Sergeant Joseph Stones, Lance-Corporal Peter Goggins and Lance-Corporal John McDonald

Bookmark this site
del.icio.us | digg | facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon