Half hangit Maggie, the woman who survived her execution

September 2, 1724Edinburgh, ScotlandMargaret Dickson (approximately 22) is hanged, incompletely, for the murder of her child “Ye Sons of Satan, Candidates of Hell, Listen unto the serious Truths I tell,” cautions a pamphlet announcing Dickson’s execution. The pamphlet continued, in rhyme, explaining the nature of Dickson’s crime and concluded: “The Miscreant kills the Fruit of…

Unsolved: Patricia Docker, Bible John’s first confirmed victim

February 22, 1968 Glasgow, Scotland Patricia Docker, the first confirmed victim of “Bible John,” is killed Docker visited the Barrowland Ballroom on February 22 where she presumably met her killer. She was found the following day, nude and strangled. The second victim was Jemima McDonald (sometimes spelled MacDonald), killed on August 16, 1969 while the…

Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

From The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, Western Countries and South Wales Adviser (Bristol, England) Published June 18, 1853 In Glasgow, two men got drunk, were invited by some women back to a “low den” (a place of low moral values, including brothels, gambling houses, or seedy bars), where they were given more alcohol until…