The controversial execution of a man who had “lobotomized” himself during a suicide attempt following the murder of a police officer

January 24, 1992ArkansasRickey Ray Rector is executed for the murder of a police officer On March 22, 1981, Rector and a group of friends visited a dance hall in Conway, Arkansas. An argument soon broke out regarding the hall’s $3 admission charge and Rector drew his .38 caliber pistol before firing randomly. Three men were…

“Crime tourist” executed for murder

March 18, 1938 Tucker, Arkansas Lester Brocklehurst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of a man during a robbery Brocklehurst (sometimes spelled Brockelhurst) was a former Mormon Sunday school teacher turned “crime tourist,” as the press at the time referred to him. Beginning on March of 1937, Brocklehurst and his 18-year-old girlfriend Bernice Felton…

Rufus Buck and his gang are hanged for rape

July 1, 1896 Fort Smith, Arkansas Rufus Buck, leader of the Rufus Buck Gang, is hanged along with the 4 other members of the gang for the gang-rape of a woman in front of her husband and children The Rufus Buck Gang were only together for 13 days, but during that time they robbed, murdered,…