Executions · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for murder/dismemberment of wife

September 2, 1938
Kentucky
Parkie Denny is executed for the murder of his wife, Ethel Yates Denny

On September 14, 1936, Denny reportedly murdered his wife by bludgeoning her with a hammer because “I got tired of her slapping me.” After the murder he dragged her body into a sugar cane field where he used his pocket knife to cut off her head, left arm, and right hand. He then scattered the body parts and left. A farmer taking a shortcut through the field found her nude torso on September 18. Around 3 days later, another farmer found the remainder of Ethel’s body parts.

After his arrest, Denny made a full confession including detailed facts of the murder and gave detectives incriminating evidence against himself. He was executed in the electric chair just under 2 years after his wife’s murder.

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