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Ronnie Lee Gardner – 18 June 2010

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , on June 18 by Last Writes

After a 25-year stretch on Utah’s death row Ronnie Lee Gardner faced a deadly firing squad this morning.

Following his final appeal in April, Gardner politely bit the bullet and elected to die by the very weapon he used as a young man.

For Gardner was condemned to die for killing a lawyer, after a gun battle ensued when the convict tried to escape from a Utah courthouse.

Michael Burdell was shot through his right eye as Gardner staged an audacious bid to escape during his original trial – also for murder.  

Poignantly the victim’s niece, Donna Taylor said “Mike was totally against the death penalty. He would not have wanted this; he would have said this doesn’t do any good”.

As for Gardner, words were the last thing on his mind as he refused the offer of a parting speech. 

He was shot at 12:15am in Utah, aged 49 in Salt Lake City.


Execution of the Day 2010

Posted in Death penalty, Lethal injection with tags , , , , , , , , on January 1 by Old Sparky

Happy Birthday to us…Execution of the day is 2!!

While we sort out the format for the next 12 months* here’s a link to the latest addition to our grisly roster, the story of our fellow countryman Akmal Shaikh.

There’s been lot’s written about the case, but not by us, so what do you think?

Dodgy decision or justice?

* yes, we should have done this some time ago

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 52)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on December 24 by Old Sparky

24 December 1867 – Frederick Baker
You can be forgiven for thinking Sweet Fanny Adams was merely a euphemism for ‘f**k all’ (or a Brazilian rock band). But she was a real person who really did exist, albeit not for very long, as her story now unfolds.

25 December 1989 – Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu
Who needs a televised ‘Queen’s Speech’, when you can watch the demise of a dodgy dictator on the box instead. So the bullet-riddled bodies of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu graced Romanian TVs on this day in 1989. They were executed by firing squad for crimes against the state.

26 December c34-35 – Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen was canonised after he was stoned to death for allegedly blaspheming against Moses and God circa 34 to 35AD.

27 December 1905 – Frederick Edge
Frederick Edge was sentenced to be hanged for infanticide in 1905.

28 December 1903 – Emily Swann
Emily Swann was hanged at 8am together with her lover for the murder of her husband William. Her husband was a violent man given to beating Swann. At the end of her tether, Swann showed his latest handiwork to her toy-boy lover John Gallagher (30), who was overheard vowing to get even with him.

29 December 2006 – Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein, the infamous former President of Iraq, was hanged in 2006 for crimes against humanity, aged 69.

30 December 1842 – Noah Beauchamp
Noah Beauchamp was the first person to be legally hanged in Parke County, Indiana, after he murdered one of his neighbours.

31 December 1898 – Joseph Vacher
A French version of Jack the Ripper was beheaded after he confessed to murdering a feast of victims, among them shepherds and shepherdesses.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 51)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on December 17 by Old Sparky

17 December 1914 – Arthur Hodges
Arthur Hodges killed a policeman while resisting arrest. For that the African-American was put on the electric chair and became the first person to be executed by the chair in Arkansas.

18 December 1945 – John Amery
John Amery, a staunch fascist, was hanged at Wandsworth, for treason. He helped both Hitler and Mussolini spread their propaganda during the Second World War.

19 December 1932 – Yoon Bong-Gil
Yoon Bong-Gil, a 24-year-old Korean, was sentenced to death for attempting to kill the Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

20 December 1876 – John Green
Nine children were left orphaned after their father John Green was executed for shooting their mother.

21 December 1929 – Peter Kudzinowski
The children of New Jersey were particularly vulnerable in the late 1920s. Not only was the slimy Albert Fish trawling the area, but also Peter Kudzinowski, a railroad worker-cum-serial killer, was at large.

22 December 1915 – Harry Thompson
Lovelorn Harry Thompson lost his life for letting all-consuming passions get the better of him. He managed to get embroiled with one Alice Kaye and the relationship was to be the death of him.

23 December 1890 – Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey
Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey hanged for the murder of her lover’s wife and baby.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 50)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on December 10 by Old Sparky

10 December 1900 – John Filip Nordlund
John Filip Nordlund was the penultimate person to be executed in Sweden. He was sentenced to death for mass murder after boarding a ferry bound for Stockholm with the sole intention of stealing money from the passengers, killing them and stealing the ships register.

11 December 2002 – Jay Wesley Neill
Jay Wesley Neill was executed by lethal injection for a cold blooded killing spree during a bank robbery.

12 December 1911 – Walter Martyn & John Tarkenter
Two men, two murders, two hangings. Walter Martyn was hanged in Heywood for strangling his girlfriend. John Tarkenter slit his wife’s throat as she lay in bed after a row.

13 December 1945 – Irma Grese and Josef Kramer
Grese and the “Beast of Belsen” himself, Josef Kramer were both hanged after the Nuremberg trials.

14 December 1982 – John Eldon Smith
John Eldon Smith died by the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of Ronald and Juanita Akins.

15 December 1902 – Samuel Walton
Samuel Walton was hanged in Durham for murdering the women in his life.

16 December 1902 – Thomas Nicholson
Thomas Nicholson hanged for the murder of seven-year-old Mary Ina Stewart.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 49)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , , , on December 3 by Old Sparky

3 December 2001 – Lois Nadean Smith
Lois Nadean Smith was put to death by lethal injection, aged 61 for the murder of her son’s ex-girlfriend Cindy Baillee. Smith was incensed that Baillee had tried to get her son Greg Smith killed and so confronted her in the car on the way to her ex-husband’s house.

4 December 2005 – Wesley Eugene Baker
Wesley Eugene Baker died by lethal injection, following a callous murder of Jane Tyson in a car park in Catonsville. He was sentenced to death in Maryland in 1992, after it emerged that Tyson was killed in cold blood.

5 December 2002 – Ernest West Basden
Contract killer Ernest West Basden was sentenced to death after he was hired to bump off someone’s husband.

6 December 1905 – Henry Perkins
Henry Perkins swung for his crime in Newcastle, aged 40, after he murdered Patrick Durkin.

7 December 1938 – Anne Marie Hahn
Anne Marie Hahn AKA Arsenic Anna was fried on this day in 1938. She was done for poisoning George Obendorfer in Cincinnati as part of an avaricious killing spree in her merciless pursuit of money.

8 December 1909 – Abel Atherton
‘Yer hanging an innocent man,’ an anguished Abel Atherton claimed just as he was about to be hanged today in 1909.

9 December 2002 – Desmond Keith Carter
Desmond Keith Carter was sentenced to death by lethal injection in North Carolina for the 1992 stabbing a 71-year-old neighbour after she refused to lend him money.

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Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 48)

Posted in Death penalty with tags , , , on November 26 by Old Sparky

26 November 1913 – Augustus Penny
Augustus Penny shot his mother in a drunken rage after she willed her house and assets to her eldest son. After 12 years at sea for the Navy, second-born Penny came home to the New Forest where he then looked after his mother and elder brother.

27 November 1913 – Frederick Robertson
Frederick Robertson’s neck was slung in a noose for murder in 1913. The 26-year-old was hanged at Pentonville prison for the double murder of his relatives Nellie and Beatrice Robertson.

28 November 1950 – James Corbitt
James Corbitt was one of Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint’s hangings at Strangeways in 1950. Corbitt had killed his girlfriend, Eliza Wood, in a hotel room in Ashton-under-Lyne. But he was also one of Pierrepoint’s punters at the hangman’s own pub in Oldham.

29 November 1326 – Hugh Le Despenser
Strongly rumoured to have been the bisexual lover of Edward II, Hugh Le Despenser the Younger was strung up today in an execution fraught with animosity.

30 November 1903 – Bernard White
Bernard White was hanged at Chelmsford for the murder of a former sweetheart. He’d met Maud Garrett before he was posted to South Africa. On his return he found that she was engaged to another soldier. Garrett was found murdered shortly after.

1 December 1915 – John Thornley
John Thornley was found guilty of the crime of slitting his ex-fiancée’s throat after she called off their engagement.

2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley
Sam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break.

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