Archive for Kidnap

13 January 1979 – Ginggaew

Posted in Firing squad with tags , , , , on January 13 by Last Writes

Despite having a body riddled with bullets, Thai prisoner Ginggaew had to be executed twice to finish off the job.

A maid and a nanny, Ginggaew had to be executed by firing squad twice for her part in the kidnap and stabbing of her employers’ son in Thailand.

In a dispute over pay, Ginggaew’s boyfriend came up with the plan to kidnap the son and hold him to ransom. But the plot failed.

Incensed, the six-strong gang turned on the boy and stabbed him to death, despite Ginggaew’s protestations.

Die hard

Three of the members got the death penalty, including Ginggaew, who hadn’t actually killed anyone. She was hauled up in front of a firing squad and guns containing 10 bullets were emptied into her. Seemingly dead they dragged her bloodied corpse out to the morgue and quickly moved on to the next execution.

Die harder

It was only then that they noticed Ginggaew trying to lift her stricken body off the morgue slab. Said one of the executioners present, ‘The escorts rushed back into the room. One of them turned her over and put pressure on her chest to make the blood gush out faster. Another tried to strangle her. But…it was wrong of them to kill her in this manner.’ So they stopped and only once they’d executed the next victim did they bring her back in and do the job again, this time with 15 bullets.

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19 October 1928 – William Edward Hickman

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged with tags , , , , on October 19 by Last Writes

William Edward Hickman

William Edward Hickman

Nicknamed the ‘Fox’, it was US-born William Edward Hickman’s turn in the noose today in 1928 for a particularly gruesome crime involving a 12-year-old girl.

The motive was money and Hickman abducted a girl from school with the express intention of extorting money from her parents by holding them to ransom.

The girl’s name was Marion Parker and she went to school in a wealthy part of Los Angeles. The perpetrator swiped her and proceeded to send her family notes entitled ‘Death’ and simply signed ‘The Fox’, hence his self-titled nickname.


Yet, there was nothing wily about Hickman, for he had bizarrely demanded to be paid in $20 gold certificates, according to Wikipedia. That said, he had chosen his victim carefully, having worked for Parker’s dad previously.

Parker’s dad was a banker, so he was able to get the bonds alright, but that didn’t stop Hickman callously killing the girl anyway. Marion Parker’s body was dumped just down the road from where the ransom had been handed over, according to Martin Fido in his book ‘True Crime’. Poignantly, her strangled body was found by her dad, even more distressingly with her arms and legs cut off.

Eyes wired open’s Mark Gado goes all out on the gore by stating that Hickman had been carrying the child’s body when he picked up the money from her dad. She’d been wrapped in a blanket, but her eyes had been ‘wired open to appear as if she was still alive’.

Apparently he had also viciously removed her organs, which were later found littered around Los Angeles.

So, what was it all for? Fido reckoned the crime had been carried out for $7,500, but all other sources state $1,500.


For the authorities, the hunt was on and Hickman promptly had a $100,000 reward slapped on his head. That’s where the gold certificates may have made life easier, because the Fox was traced spending his spoils as far away as Washington. But he was eventually tracked down in Oregon just a week later.

He would never say why he killed the child, instead admitting ‘we really had a good time when we were together and I really liked her. I’m sorry that she was killed’. Turned out, he’d done many more robberies too; indeed his fingerprints on the ransom note were to link him inextricably to the crime.

Despite trying to blame someone else and pleading insanity, Hickman was banged to rights in Los Angeles for kidnap and murder and the Fox literally got his come uppance at San Quentin where he was strung up for his crimes. He was hanged, apparently aged just 20.

Also on this day…

19 October 1915 – Fernando Buschman

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20 July 2006 – Brandon Hedrik

Posted in Death penalty, Electric chair with tags , , , , , on July 20 by Last Writes

Brandon Hedrik

Brandon Hedrik

Having an IQ of 70 or less can render you unexecutable in the US. So Virginia faced a controversial decision 2006 when it sent Brandon Wayne Hedrik to his death.

He’d been found guilty of the protracted crime of kidnapping, robbing, raping and shooting one woman – a 23-year-old by the name of Lisa Crider.

His victim’s last hours were spent facing the whole gamut of crimes, before she was finally put out of her misery when Hedrik shot her in the face.

Mental ability

Hedrik was guilty that’s for sure, but the sticking point was his penalty. There were doubts as to whether he was equipped to comprehend what execution meant, much less choose his method of dispatch.

You see, the convicted killer had to make the agonising toss-up between the relatively new lethal injection and the state’s established method – the electric chair.

The problem was that he had an IQ of 76, just six above the legal minimum, so what about the margin of error, stated his defence. Yet the argument didn’t wash and he was sent to Virginia’s electric chair on this day on 2006, aged 27.

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28 June 2006 – Sedley Alley

Posted in Death penalty, Lethal injection with tags , , , , on June 28 by Last Writes

Sedley Alley The sheer animal violence of our next crime is enough to make you heave. Sedley Alley was executed in Tennessee for kidnap, rape and murder of the most depraved kind. But did he do it?

Frenzied attack

The crime was evil incarnate – not only was the 19-year-old victim beaten viciously, but she was struck about the head with a screwdriver, strangled and raped.

A tree branch was used to violate her again, which tore upwards into her abdomen, even reaching and puncturing her lung.

While it was the screwdriver injuries that killed young army girl Suzanne Marie Collins, in a report of one of the appeals, Pathologist Dr James Bell reckoned that the Marine Lance Corporal was alive when the excruciating, tree-branch damage was inflicted.

Kin pan Alley

Apparently, Alley handed himself in the very next day, admitting to the crime in detail, even taking the police to the scene of the gruesome events. But things started to change as the trial drew nearer. Alley began to assert that he was schizophrenic and, as a result, could not be held accountable for his actions.

Despite his protestations, a jury found against him and he was sentenced to be executed for the crime. Even members of his own family became estranged, choosing to shun him for a while. His daughter wouldn’t visit him for much of his incarceration on death row.

DNA drama

However, Alley was to maintain this insanity stance for some time, before he started to profess his innocence. Indeed, he vowed there was compelling DNA evidence, which the authorities wilfully chose not to follow up on, despite all the new advancements in techniques at their disposal.

Not only that, but Collins’s own boyfriend had been with her that same night also and fitted the description of an eyewitness who saw the abduction.

Let’s face it, DNA would have given the definitive answer, so why were the authorities so adamant not to run the tests?

We’ll never know as Alley was executed on this day via a lethal injection, aged 50 – 21 years after the crimes were committed. His last words were not ones of remorse reserved for the family of his victim, but to his own kin, including his once-estranged daughter. He told his family to stay strong and with that he succumbed to the flow of toxins.

Also on this day

28 June 1497 – Lord Audley
28 June 1928 – Walter Brooks

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3 April 1936 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Posted in Death penalty, Electric chair with tags , , , , on April 3 by Old Sparky

Bruno Richard HauptmannCredited with the ‘crime of the century’, Bruno Richard Hauptman was executed for kidnap and murder today, in 1936. He was guilty of killing a defenceless 20-month-old baby in a crime that captured the hearts of the US nation.

Ok so the child happened to be the son of two famous pilots, but ultimately Charles Lindeberg Junior was the victim of a ransom demand gone wrong.

German-born Hauptman was not new to crime. Following a stint in the German army fighting World War I, he was unable to return to his former trade – carpentry. So he fell into petty crime as a means of making a living – he’d do over houses or even hold up women at gunpoint. He did time for his crimes then tried to escape his past, by emigrating to America. He stowed away on a ship, but failed to get in: twice.


But third time lucky, depending on how you look at it, Hauptman managed to disguise himself and illegally gained entry, then came a relatively stable part of his life. He met someone, married and had a son, even settling in the Bronx with his young family. But he obviously had a predilection for money as it transpired.

All was quiet for about six years until the baby son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindeberg disappeared. They were both famous pilots in a time when flying was relatively new and extremely exciting – the Posh and Becks of the early-aviation world. As a result, the pilots’ plight caught the public’s sympathy.


The couple dutifully coughed up the money, but that wasn’t enough for Hauptman. The 20-month-old child was found dumped in the woods just four miles from his parents’ home – cause of death: a blow to the little mite’s head.

But Hauptman had actually been paid in gold certificates and as these were being taken out of circulation, one drew attention when it turned up in September 1934, especially as there is a number plate attached. They traced the car back to Hauptman.

Just as he’d committed the ‘crime of the century’, he fittingly now faced the ‘trial of the century’ too. Forget the rising German despot in the shape of Hitler, no it was Hauptman who was dubbed the ‘Most Hated Man in the World’ by the sensation-hungry Americans.


Thing is there was no hard and fast evidence against Hauptman. But it was pretty compelling evidence nonetheless. He was caught with $14,000 in gold certificates stashed in his garage, plus his handwriting was very similar to the ransom notes. But he maintained to the end that the box of money was left in his garage by a friend who’d gone back to Germany and since died.

Despite the governor’s own doubts, all others were convinced they had their man and Hauptman was sentenced to death. According to his chief executioner Robert Elliot, on, Hauptman was stoic in death as in his trial:

“His head, which had been shaved, tilted slightly to one side. His face was yellow; his features were drawn. He glanced neither to the right nor to the left. He walked past the chair, and would have collided with a physician had not a guard stopped him. The guard turned him around, and manoeuvred him to the chair. He gripped its broad arms with his hands, staring straight ahead as he was strapped in. His lips did not move, and he gave no indication that he wished to speak. I placed the head electrode on him, and helped to adjust the mask. At precisely 8:44 o’clock, I was given the signal. The current streaked through the condemned man.”

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25 March 1995 – Hernando Williams

Posted in Death penalty, Lethal injection with tags , , , , , on March 25 by Old Sparky

Was Hernando Williams tried fairly? He was at the mercy of an all-white jury, who ultimately chose his fate. As a result, there will always be doubts in the eyes of those Americans who believe in endemic racism.

Apparently the Illinois prosecutors rejected 11 black people, before finally settling on an exclusively white set of jurors.

But maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference.

Shoot and booted

The facts of the case emerged that an instructor who taught natural childbirth techniques, Linda Goldstone, was abducted on her way to the hospital where she taught. She was forced at gunpoint to climb into the boot of a car where she was incarcerated for four days and intermittently raped before finally being shot.

Williams was found guilty of the crimes. But one of the key factors was that he was on bail at the time – which came with a hefty $25,000 price tag, so we’re not talking a slight misdemeanour here. No, it was kidnap and rape…and that was already sounding unconfortably familiar. Apparently, according to one report, he even wound up at a court hearing with Goldstone still stashed away in his boot.

Unlucky escape

But just how unlucky is this? After a few days, Williams apparently set Goldstone free after she pleaded that she wouldn’t shop him if he let her go. So he did, even giving her bus fare home. However, instead of legging it, Goldstone fatefully went to a nearby house and asked for help – a fire-fighter heard her story, but crucially left her on his doorstep while he called the police. After all, you can never be too careful – how did he know she was telling the truth?
But Goldstone was telling the truth and that decision to leave her cost her life. A disbelieving Williams apparently tracked her down and saw her talking to the fire-fighter. When the door closed, he dragged her off and shot her twice before scarpering.

He was persuaded to plead guilty in the hope that the judge would be lenient – but there was no hope. He was found guilty and sentenced to the lethal injection. The 40-year-old was put down in 1995, just four days shy of the 18-year anniversary of Goldstone’s abduction.

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