Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for killing his pregnant wife, likely to continue his relationships with two other women

February 27, 1890 Paris, Kentucky Thomas O’Brien is hanged for killing his pregnant wife O’Brien had married Betty Shea in secret, using assumed names in the process. After some time, Betty insisted O’Brien make the marriage public. O’Brien gave various reasons for not wanting to, though he left out the probable real reasons: he was… Continue reading Man executed for killing his pregnant wife, likely to continue his relationships with two other women

Executions · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for killing lover’s husband and child

November 16, 1922 Eddyville, Kentucky Dave Brown is executed for the murder of his lover’s husband and his daughter Brown had boarded with James Brumfield and his family in West Virginia. Eventually, Brown and Mrs. Brumfield ran away together to Kentucky. Mrs. Brumfield took her two children with her, and the couple presented themselves as… Continue reading Man executed for killing lover’s husband and child

Kentucky · Newspaper clippings · School Violence

Man fatally shoots teacher for disciplining brother (1853)

November 2, 1853 Louisville, Kentucky Matthew Flournoy Ward fatally shoots a teacher for punishing his younger brother The day prior to the shooting, Matt Ward’s youngest brother, William, had been reprimanded by his teacher. Professor William H. G. Butler had caught William Ward and another high school student named Al Fisher eating chestnuts and causing… Continue reading Man fatally shoots teacher for disciplining brother (1853)