The would-be death of “the man they could not hang”

February 23, 1885 Exeter, Devon, England John “Babbacombe” Lee (20, pictured) escapes death by hanging three times Lee, later gaining the title “the man they could not hang” due to his unsuccessful execution, was convicted of killing his employer. Emma Keyse was a wealthy, unmarried woman who had in her employ a handful of servants,…

The death of the Hatfield Twins

February 21, 1891 Fort Wayne, Indiana The unnamed “Hatfield twins” die following a catastrophic seizure The Hatfield baby was born to a couple identified in newspapers only as Mr. and Mrs. L. W. — or occasionally L. C. — Hatfield. (Neither the child’s first name nor his parents’ were used, so I have been unsuccessful…

Man executed for killing co-worker and her son

February 20, 1998 McAlester, Oklahoma Michael Long is executed for the murder of his 24-year-old co-worker and her 5-year-old son Long (25) had worked with Sheryl Graber at a florist and often made his sexual attraction towards her known. Graber did not share the feelings and repeatedly told Long she was not interested. On April…

Woman kills daughter, attempts to kill self

March 19, 2001 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Rachel Capra Craig kills her 14-year-old daughter Chelsea (pictured) and attempts to kill herself Chelsea had Rett Syndrome, a neurological condition which prevented Chelsea from speaking, feeding herself, or breathing normally, among other issues, while Rachel had been suicidal and attempted to kill herself with a lethal combination of…