Man executed for murder of his common-law wife, whom he battered and sliced to death

January 5, 1926Birmingham, EnglandJohn Fisher is executed for the murder of his romantic partner, though the executioner nearly hangs a guard in his place Fisher had been romantically involved with Ada Taylor (some sources erroneously report her name as Ida) for 14 years. The couple lived together with Taylor’s daughter from a previous relationship, Jessie…

Man fatally shot after being mistaken for ghost

January 3, 1804Hammersmith, London, EnglandThomas Millwood (22) is shot after he is mistaken for a ghost For five weeks before Millwood’s death, the Hammersmith area had been seemingly plagued by a malevolent ghost. During one incident, a woman watched the ghost “rise from the tombstones.” The sighting scared her to the point she fainted and…