Executions · Ohio

Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)

June 12, 1857 Toledo, Ohio Return Jonathan Meigs Ward is hanged for the murder of his wife Ward had been abusing his wife Olive for some time before the murder. Olive sent her children from a previous marriage to other homes, and attempted to flee on a train. In an effort to detain her, Ward… Continue reading Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)

Crime Scene Photography · Mississippi · Political · Racially Motivated

The assassination of Medgar Evers

June 12, 1963 Jackson, Mississippi Medgar Evers is shot in the back while standing in his driveway Evers, a civil rights activist, worked towards voting rights, challenged segregation laws, and publicly investigated the murder of Emmett Till. Because of his activism, he became a target of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens’ Council.… Continue reading The assassination of Medgar Evers

Executions · Germany · Political

Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve

June 12, 1535 Bishopric of Münster, Holy Roman Empire (modern day Münster, Germany) Elisabeth Wandscherer is beheaded for criticizing her husband about allowing the common people to starve Wandscherer was one of 16 wives of Jan van Leiden. Leiden was the self-proclaimed "King of Münster" and attempted to establish a "New Jerusalem" in Münster. He… Continue reading Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve