Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

March 29, 1683 Suzugamori execution grounds, near Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan Would-be arsonist Yaoya Oshichi is executed for attempting to light a fire hoping to see a man she had met during a previous fire Oshichi, a 16-year-old-girl, met a temple page during a fire at the family temple the year before. Hoping to meet…

Man kills another in self-defense after argument over dishes

March 29, 1918 Jefferson City, Missouri A professor is shot and killed by a superintendent, allegedly in self-defense, after the two argued over which dishes to use for an upcoming social The killer, Theodore Martin, was found not guilty in September 1918. The jury found ample reasons to believe the victim, Romeo West, had attempted…