Connecticut · Executions · Female Killers

Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

December 20, 1786 New London, Connecticut 12-year-old Hannah Ocuish is hanged for the murder of a 6-year-old following an argument over strawberries Ocuish was a biracial orphan (her father was black and her mother belonged to the Pequot tribe) and possibly had a mental disability. In June 1786, 6-year-old Eunice Bolles accused Ocuish of stealing… Continue reading Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

Executions · Florida

Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

December 13, 2006 Raiford, Florida Ángel Nieves Díaz is executed for murder, though his lethal injection is botched leading to his arms being burned by the chemicals Díaz was convicted of the December 29, 1979 robbery and murder of club owner Joseph Nagy. Most of the club’s employees were locked in a room during the… Continue reading Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

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