The last public execution in the United States

August 14, 1936 Owensboro, Kentucky Rainey Bethea becomes the last person publicly executed in the United States Bethea was convicted of the rape and murder of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards, who was choked during the violent sexual assault. He left behind damning evidence including a distinctive ring as well as fingerprints, linking him solidly to the…

Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

August 14, 1480 Otranto, Italy Following a 15-day siege, 813 men are beheaded for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam The siege began with Ottoman forces attacking Otranto, which was well equipped to guard against them, but only temporarily. Once the army was able to force their way into the city, the "archbishop was…

Today in Horror History: August 14

Birthdays:Jim Wynorski (August 14, 1950), who wrote and directed, Chopping Mall (1986), Transylvania Twist (1989), Raptor (2001), Gargoyle (2004), Cry of the Winged Serpent (2007), Bone Eater (2007), Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015), wrote Forbidden World (1982), House IV (1992), and directed The Return of Swamp Thing (1989), The Haunting of Morella (1990), Sorority House…