England · Newspaper clippings

Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder

January 2, 1953 London, England John James Alcott (22) is hanged for murder Alcott had nearly been executed a few years before his hanging. In 1949, at the age of 17, Alcott was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He claimed he was traveling with another man when the pair came across a lodging… Continue reading Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Texas

Man executed for rape “15 minutes after the arrival of the new year”

January 1, 1926 Huntsville, Texas Melton Carr is executed for rape Carr and another man, Elbert Kitchens, had been arrested for “criminal assault” (rape). The victim was Elbert’s wife Fannie Kitchens, and Elbert hired Carr to commit the crime for reasons the press did not divulge or speculate upon. Initially, both Carr and Elbert were… Continue reading Man executed for rape “15 minutes after the arrival of the new year”

Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

May 19, 1911 Greenwich, Connecticut Fred Husted, a wealthy farmer, informed his wife he felt too unwell to accompany her to run an errand. With Mrs. Husted out of the home, Fred convinced his 12-year-old son Lester to pull the trigger of a shotgun under the pretense he wanted to hear the firing mechanism to… Continue reading Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

May 18, 1801 Dedham, Massachusetts Jason Fairbanks murders Elizabeth Fales after trying to force her into marriage Fairbanks (21) and Fales (18) had a friendly relationship, though whether this relationship extended into romance is not certain. What is known is Fairbanks was enamored with Fales, so much so he informed his friends he intended to… Continue reading Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

Executions · Maryland · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for the murders of three teens during four day killing spree

May 17, 1994 Maryland John Frederick Thanos is executed for the murders of three teenagers At the time of the murders, Thanos had been in and out of prison for violent crimes — namely rape and robbery. He also had a habit of carrying a leather doctor’s bag holding a sawed-off .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle… Continue reading Man executed for the murders of three teens during four day killing spree