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

Executions · Kentucky · Newspaper clippings

Child killer executed

March 11, 1920 Kentucky Will Lockett is executed for the murder of a 10-year-old girl Lockett had spent years traveling between states, apparently taking advantage of his nomadic lifestyle to commit crimes. Days before his execution he confessed to the rapes and murders of 3 women in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky between 1912 and 1919.… Continue reading Child killer executed