Executions · France

French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

February 28, 1956 Paris, France Émile Buisson (54, pictured at 33 years old) is executed for murder Buisson made his first court appearance at the age of 9 and first served time in jail at the age of 16. From 1947 to 1951, Buisson formed a gang and perpetrated enough crimes to earn himself the… Continue reading French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for killing his pregnant wife, likely to continue his relationships with two other women

February 27, 1890 Paris, Kentucky Thomas O’Brien is hanged for killing his pregnant wife O’Brien had married Betty Shea in secret, using assumed names in the process. After some time, Betty insisted O’Brien make the marriage public. O’Brien gave various reasons for not wanting to, though he left out the probable real reasons: he was… Continue reading Man executed for killing his pregnant wife, likely to continue his relationships with two other women

Austria · Political · Racially Motivated · Serial Killers

Serial killer Franz Fuchs dies in an apparent suicide

February 26, 2000 Graz, Austria Serial killer Franz Fuchs, who used bombs to target Roma people and their advocates, is found dead in his cell following an apparent suicide In December 1993, Fuchs sent out his first wave of mail bombs, targeting those who advocated for Roma refugees; several targets were injured. A second wave… Continue reading Serial killer Franz Fuchs dies in an apparent suicide

England · Newspaper clippings

Infant born out of wedlock is thrown into a pond by the father

February 25, 1852 Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England Mary Westall (16) gives birth to a baby whose body is later rolled in a piece of carpet and thrown in a pond Westall had been a servant for saddle maker Christopher Maisey (33) for several years by the time she was impregnated by him. When Westall’s parents learned… Continue reading Infant born out of wedlock is thrown into a pond by the father

California · Female Killers

Woman beaten, shot to death in home

February 24, 1986 Van Nuys, California Sherri Rasmussen (29) is killed in her home; her murder remained unsolved for more than two decades Rasmussen’s body was found by her husband of three months, John Ruetten, when he returned to their condominium. Rasmussen had been beaten, with one eye swollen shut while the other was wide… Continue reading Woman beaten, shot to death in home