England · Executions · Political

Mary Queen of Scots’ execution

February 8, 1587 Northamptonshire, England Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded for treason Mary had been suspected to be a part of a murder plot against Queen Elizabeth, taken to trial, and convicted of conspiracy and treason. She went to her death firmly believing she was being martyred (she wore a bright red gown, a… Continue reading Mary Queen of Scots’ execution

Executions · Nevada

First person in US executed in gas chamber

February 8, 1924 Carson City, Nevada Gee Jon becomes the first person in the US to be executed in the gas chamber Gee Jon was a Chinese national who was sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly member of another gang. Four guards resigned from their positions, stating they wanted nothing to do… Continue reading First person in US executed in gas chamber

Newspaper clippings · West Virginia · Wisconsin

Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

From the Fairmont West Virginian Published February 8, 1906 A man committed suicide by pulling pieces of his brain out of a bullet hole he sustained during a robbery last summer. Before he could damage his brain enough to kill himself, he died from blood poisoning. He had previously tried suicide by poking at his… Continue reading Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”