Famous Last Words Charles H. Simpson San Quentin, California o July 17, 1931 "Make it snappy, boys." 18-year-old Simpson, nicknamed the "torch slayer" by the newspapers, was executed for the February 16, 1931 robbery and murder of an elderly family friend. Albina Voorhies ran a shop and had locked up for the night, which Simpson… Continue reading FLW: Make it snappy
July 17, 1853 Niagara Falls Joseph Avery plummets over the Falls after an 18-hour-log battle against the current The day before, Avery and two others had been on a boat when the Niagara River's strong current seized the boat. The two others were immediately swept from the boat and over the falls to their deaths,… Continue reading Man falls to his death from Niagara Falls after being stranded for 18 hours
Famous Last Words Sarah Good Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) July 17, 1692 “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.” Good was one of the 20 people executed during the Salem Witchcraft… Continue reading FLW: God will give you blood to drink
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July 17, 1942 Los Angeles, California Coy Townsend kills his friend George McNeal, critically wounds his estranged wife, and commits suicide Clipping: The Bakersfield Californian, July 18, 1942 Warning: the following images may be considered graphic . . . . . .