California

Musician and inmate serving life for killing wife dies after singing at sheriffs benefit concert

November 23, 1969 Oakland, California Musician “Spade” Cooley dies of a heart attack after singing “It’s Time to Live, It’s Time to Die” at a benefit show for the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County At the time of his death, Cooley, known as the “King of Western Swing,” was on 72-hour leave prison to… Continue reading Musician and inmate serving life for killing wife dies after singing at sheriffs benefit concert

California

Boy killed in restroom by man claiming to be acting upon God’s wishes

November 14, 1998 Oceanside, California 9-year-old Matthew Cecchi is murdered in a public restroom by Brandon Wilson (20) Matthew had been escorted by his aunt to the restroom, and she waited outside for him. Wilson entered after, sliced Matthew’s throat, and stabbed him in the back five times without making a sound. He then passed… Continue reading Boy killed in restroom by man claiming to be acting upon God’s wishes

California · Executions · Famous Last Words

First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County

Famous Last Words William H. Lipsey Coloma, California November 3, 1854 “Make the time as short as you can, for I am fainting.” Lipsey had killed a man named Powelson by stabbing him in the chest during a brawl, bragging as the cleaned his knife that he had “stuck it into him that far and… Continue reading First legal execution(s) in El Dorado County

California · Newspaper clippings

Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

From the San Francisco Call Published October 10, 1900 A teenage girl was found not guilty of animal cruelty after she poured boiling water on rats to kill them. The rats had been killing Belgian hares and pigeons Alice Carranza (between 15 and 17, pictured) kept as pets, and to exterminate the rodents, she caged… Continue reading Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

California · Executions · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for murdering woman who was targeted simply because she was a woman

October 8, 1915 Folsom, California Burr Harris is executed for the random murder of Rebecca Gay Harris claimed to have wanted to simply kill a woman, any woman. He came across Gay's door, the first one he saw, created a reason to enter her office, then beat her to death before stealing $25. The bludgeoning… Continue reading Man executed for murdering woman who was targeted simply because she was a woman