Famous Last Words · Pennsylvania

Woman kills neighbor with axe

March 23, 2003 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Shonda Walter kills her 83-year-old neighbor James Sementelli by hitting him over 60 times with a hatchet Walter had amassed a sizable debt from student loans and court processing fees, and was reportedly afraid she would be sent to jail if she did not pay the court costs.… Continue reading Woman kills neighbor with axe

Executions · Famous Last Words · Wyoming

FLW: I want to get to Hell in time for dinner

Famous Last Words John Owens (alias Bill Booth) Buffalo, Wyoming March 5, 1886 “I wish you’d hurry up. I want to get to Hell in time for dinner.” Booth was a wanted outlaw, sought by lawmen for the murders of his wife and child in Oklahoma, a cowboy in Colorado, and a trapper in Wyoming… Continue reading FLW: I want to get to Hell in time for dinner

California · Executions · Famous Last Words

First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County

Famous Last Words William H. Lipsey Coloma, California November 3, 1854 “Make the time as short as you can, for I am fainting.” Lipsey had killed a man named Powelson by stabbing him in the chest during a brawl, bragging as the cleaned his knife that he had “stuck it into him that far and… Continue reading First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County