Executions · Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

August 10, 1982 Richmond, Virginia Frank Coppola is executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of a woman Coppola was a police officer in 1978 when he and accomplices gained entry to Muriel Hatchell’s home under the false pretense of selling roses. They then restrained her with the cord of a Venetian… Continue reading Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

England · Executions · Serial Killers

Execution of Acid Bath Murder John George Haigh

August 10, 1949 Wandsworth, London, England Serial killer and “Acid Bath Murderer” John George Haigh is executed Haigh had been a career criminal, specializing in fraud. After many stints in prison for fraud, Haigh determined the reason he was caught often was because he left his victims alive. While serving time, he experimented with dissolving… Continue reading Execution of Acid Bath Murder John George Haigh

Graves · Norway

The killing of black metal guitarist Euronymous

August 10, 1993 Oslo, Norway Øystein Aarseth, known by the pseudonym Euronymous, member of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is killed by fellow band mate Varg Vikernes Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes) and Snorre "Blackthorn" Ruch (a member of the Norwegian black metal band Thorns) drove to Euronymous' apartment in Oslo. After a confrontation, Euronymous… Continue reading The killing of black metal guitarist Euronymous

Executions · Famous Last Words · Oklahoma

FLW: “French fries”

Famous Last Words James Donald French Oklahoma August 10, 1966 “How’s this for a headline? ‘French fries.’” (attributed) French was a convicted murderer, serving time for killing a hitchhiker in 1958 when he strangled his cellmate with a shoelace in 1961. He was executed in the electric chair, reportedly “without flinching or begging.” French’s last… Continue reading FLW: “French fries”

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 10

Birthdays:Antonio Banderas (August 10, 1960), who starred in Interview with the Vampire (1994), Never Talk to Strangers (1995), The Other Man (2008), Machete Kills (2013), Black Butterfly (2017), Acts of Vengeance (2017), and The New Mutants (2019). Claudia Christian (August 10, 1965), who starred in Maniac Cop 2 (1990), Strays (1991), The Haunting of Hell… Continue reading Today in Horror History: August 10