Graves · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Premature infant abandoned on porch

July 8, 1954 Henderson, Kentucky A premature infant is abandoned on a porch The newborn weighted only 2.5 lbs when she was found crying "like a kitten's whining" on a woman's porch. Doctors placed her in an incubator and police promised not to hold the mother accountable should she come forward within 24 hours to… Continue reading Premature infant abandoned on porch

Executions · Kentucky

Man executed by hanging before he can bleed to death by self-inflicted stab wound

July 7, 1826 Frankfort, Kentucky Jereboam Beauchamp is executed for murdering a man who denied the parentage of his illegitimate child In 1821, Beauchamp had become smitten with a woman named Anna Cooke who 16 years his senior. At the age of 18, Beauchamp made his intentions known that he wished to marry Cooke. She… Continue reading Man executed by hanging before he can bleed to death by self-inflicted stab wound

Executions · Kentucky

Man goes to his execution without speaking or conveying emotion

June 28, 1935 Eddyville, Kentucky Bill Young goes to his execution silently and stoically Young was executed for the murder of liquor store owner Joe Cawood (sometimes spelled incorrectly as Caywood) when the latter refused to extend Young’s credit line. According to newspapers, Young remained abnormally silent from the time he entered prison to the… Continue reading Man goes to his execution without speaking or conveying emotion

Executions · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for beating/robbing man praying at wife’s grave

June 13, 1930 Eddyville, Kentucky Ballard Ratcliffe is executed for the robbery and murder of a man praying at his wife’s grave Ratcliffe attacked William Muse (64) on Sunday, May 18, 1928, hitting the older man from behind with a hammer as the victim was bent in prayer at his wife’s grave. Ratcliffe stole $1,020… Continue reading Man executed for beating/robbing man praying at wife’s grave

Executions · Famous Last Words · Kentucky

FLW: warning sinners to beware of doing evil

Famous Last Words Bob Brown Mayfield, Kentucky June 9, 1893 “I am prepared to meet my God and I warn all sinners to beware of doing evil.” Brown was hanged for the murder of Albert Colley (alt. spelling: Cooley, Kolly) at a “house of ill repute.” Colley was told by the proprietress and Brown’s lover,… Continue reading FLW: warning sinners to beware of doing evil