The last public execution in France

June 17, 1939 Versailles, Yvelines, France Eugen Weidmann becomes the last person publicly executed by guillotine Weidmann and two accomplices kidnapped, robbed, and murdered six people. The victims were strangled or shot in the nape of the neck. Spectators at the execution demonstrated such "hysterical behaviour" (the witnesses reportedly dipped handkerchiefs in Weidmann's blood as…

The Charleston Church Massacre

June 17, 2015 Charleston, South Carolina A gunman later identified as Dylann Storm Roof (21) shoots worshippers at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing 9 and injuring 1 Roof had initially attended the service but disagreed with some of the church's interpretation of the Scripture. On June 17, pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his…

Woman kills 5 of her children, husband, self

June 17, 1963 Prospect, Pennsylvania Elizabeth Gregor, “despondent over ill health,” shoots 5 of her children, her husband, and herself The oldest of the children slain — Joseph Jr. (14), Thomas (10), and Rosemary (8) — were in the living room at the time they were killed. It was thought they were watching television moments…