Female Killers · France · Political

Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath

July 13, 1793 Paris, France Charlotte Corday assassinates Jean Paul Marat as he bathes Marat, an outspoken leader of the French Revolution, was targeted by Corday because of his role in the September Massacres. (Marat and others encouraged the executions of 1200-1400 prisoners so they could not escape.) Corday also believed his death would halt… Continue reading Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath

England · Executions · Female Killers

Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed in UK

July 13, 1955 London, England Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed in the U.K., is hanged for the murder of her lover Ellis and David Blakely (pictured) had had a turbulent relationship. This included Blakely moving into Ellis' flat while he was engaged to another woman, as well as causing the miscarriage of their child… Continue reading Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed in UK

Executions · Famous Last Words · Nevada

FLW: don’t strap me too tightly, it might keep the gas from my lungs

Famous Last Words Joseph Behiter Carson City, Nevada July 13, 1934 “Don’t strap me to the chair too tightly. It might keep the gas from my lungs.” Behiter was executed in the gas chamber for the murder of a dance-hall girl named Maxine Armstrong, who was the unfortunate victim of mistaken identity. Behiter had intended… Continue reading FLW: don’t strap me too tightly, it might keep the gas from my lungs

New York · Political · Racially Motivated

The New York draft riot of 1863

July 13, 1863 New York, New York The New York draft riots begin The draft riots were sparked by working class citizens outraged about unfair drafting procedures. At the time, a person could pay a fee of $300 (roughly $5,800 in 2018) to avoid being drafted into the military. Though the rioting began as a… Continue reading The New York draft riot of 1863