Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

December 4, 1896 McLeansboro, Illinois Benjamin Boehmer, alias Fred Behme, is hanged for the murder of his wife and child after his wife had their son baptized Boehmer and his wife Mary had been Roman Catholics before Boehmer converted to become a Methodist. The two separated briefly with Mary moving out of state to live… Continue reading Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

Executions · Female Killers · Louisiana

Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

November 28, 1942 Lake Charles, Louisiana Toni Jo Henry is executed in the electric chair Henry was 26 when she was executed for murder, carried out to get her husband released from his 50-year jail term. In 1940, Henry devised a plan with Harold Burks to rob a bank to fund a defense team for… Continue reading Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls

November 21, 1884 Savanah, Missouri Oliver Bateman is hanged for the murder of two young girls On August 21, 1884, two sisters visited the Bateman household for lunch with Oliver and his sister before leaving to their own home. The girls, Austie (9) and Adella (7) McLaughlin, didn’t arrive home that night; their bodies were… Continue reading Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls

Executions · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for killing lover’s husband and child

November 16, 1922 Eddyville, Kentucky Dave Brown is executed for the murder of his lover’s husband and his daughter Brown had boarded with James Brumfield and his family in West Virginia. Eventually, Brown and Mrs. Brumfield ran away together to Kentucky. Mrs. Brumfield took her two children with her, and the couple presented themselves as… Continue reading Man executed for killing lover’s husband and child