Man executed for the axe murder of his great aunt

October 13, 1882Lancaster, KentuckyWilliam Austin is hanged for murdering his great aunt with an axe Austin, described by newspapers as “a wild, drunken youth” of 25, was hanged for the murder of his 85-year-old great aunt Elizabeth “Betsy” Bland. Bland was killed on January 20, 1882 by several blows to her head and neck by…