“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,…

5 killed, 10 wounded by two boys

March 24, 1998 Jonesboro, Arkansas Two boys, ages 11 and 13, pull a fire alarm before running to a wooded area in front of Westside Middle School, firing upon those who fled the school The boys had packed a bag the night before with survival gear, snacks, and several weapons (Remington 742 .30-06 rifle, Universal…

FLW: don’t be afraid

Famous Last Words Duncan Richardson Little Rock, Arkansas February 2, 1923 "Don't be afraid of me. I would as soon have you do it as anyone." Richardson (29) was executed with his brother Ben (19), accomplice E. G. Bullen (also listed as Phelin Bullin) had killed, hacked, dismembered, and partially burned 82-year-old Ira H. Culp…