California · Executions · Famous Last Words

FLW: Make it snappy

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

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Man falls to his death from Niagara Falls after being stranded for 18 hours

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

Executions · Famous Last Words · Massachusetts · Religion

FLW: God will give you blood to drink

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