FLW: “how badly you shoot”

Famous Last Words Andreas Hofer Mantua, Italy February 20, 1810 “Ah, how badly you shoot.” Hofer, a leader of a rebellion against Napoleon, was captured and court marshaled. An order was issued stating to “give him a fair trial and then shoot him,” which was carried out. Hofer reportedly gave money to the corporal in…

Caliph executed by starvation, told to “eat (his) treasure”

February 20, 1258 Baghdad, Iraq Caliph Al-Musta'sim Billah is executed by invading Mongolian forces According to The Travels of Marco Polo, Al-Musta'sim was locked in his treasure room without food or water, sentenced to die by dehydration or starvation. As he was imprisoned, Mongolian leader Hulagu Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan) reportedly said “eat of…

Child killed by mother in “voodoo murder”

From the Mansfield (Ohio) News-Journal Published February 20, 1940 Betty Hardaker (25) was wanted for questioning by police regarding the beating death of her 5 year old daughter, Geraldine, in a public restroom. According to neighbors, Betty was part of a “voodoo church that believes in human sacrifice,” and that “God tells them to kill…

Clippings (1926): first victim of serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson; high school girl suffers skull fracture trying to avoid being groped; a sniper terrorizes neighborhood

February 20, 1926 Various crimes are mentioned in the Oakland Tribune, published February 21 1926. The clippings include: * The first victim of serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson, who killed between 22 to 25 women, primarily landladies. He had a habit of mutilating the bodies and was a necrophiliac. * A teenage girl escaped from…