California · Executions · Female Killers

The Duchess: first woman executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber

November 21, 1941 San Quentin, California Juanita "The Duchess" Spinelli becomes the first woman executed in San Quentin's gas chamber On April 14, 1940, Spinelli and the gang she ran had a picnic to discuss another member, Robert Sherrard, who was "talking too much" about recent robberies they had committed. To silence him, Sherrard was… Continue reading The Duchess: first woman executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber

Colorado · Massacres/Mass Murder

Columbine Mine massacre

November 21, 1927 Serene, Colorado Police fire into a crowd of unarmed strikers during the Columbine Mine massacre The strike had been going for 5 weeks when 500 miners, accompanied by their wives and children, rallied at the mine's gate. Rangers, mine guards, and other men dressed in civilian attire while carrying firearms and tear… Continue reading Columbine Mine massacre