Famous Last Words Harrison Gibson White Sulphur Springs, Montana February 16, 1917 “You can’t kill a smile!” Harrison was one of 3 executed for the murder of a robbery victim, reported upon earlier today.
February 16, 1917 White Sulphur Springs, Montana Harrison Gibson, Henry Hall, and Lester Fahley are hanged for murder The executed convicts were from a group of seven railway workers who robbed a train unassociated to their employer. Gibson, Hall, and Fahley shot their victims after the robbery, which earned them the death penalty. Invitations were… Continue reading Triple hanging of murderers (and a formal invitation to the event)
February 16, 1912 Illinois Thomas Jennings becomes the first person executed based on fingerprint evidence left at the scene of the crime Jennings had killed a Chicago homeowner during a burglary gone wrong. The homeowner discovered Jennings and a scuffle ensued, during which time Jennings’ hand touched some wet paint. The wet paint managed to… Continue reading First person executed based on fingerprint evidence
February 14, 270 (year is approximated) Rome, Italy Saint Valentine is beheaded for marrying Romans to their lovers against the Emperor's command Emperor Claudius the Cruel was disappointed at the lack of men willing to join his army and blamed their lack of enthusiasm on marriage, feeling the reason for low recruitment was due to… Continue reading The martyrdom of Saint Valentine
February 14, 1994 Novocherkassk, Russia Andrei Chikatilo is executed for the murder of at least 52 women and children Chikatilo achieved sexual gratification from the act of murdering. He also practiced cannibalism and necrophilia. Russian executions are done with very little pomp or flair, and Chikatilo was brought to a sound proof room where a… Continue reading The execution of Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov