Executions · Famous Last Words · Missouri

Man executed for murder of 3 during a robbery gone wrong

August 30, 2000 Missouri Gary Lee Roll is executed for the murders of a woman and her two sons Roll (41) and accomplices David Rhodes (18) and John Browne (21) unsuccessfully attempted to rob a drug dealer’s house on August 8, 1992, but were deterred after hearing a child inside the home cry out as… Continue reading Man executed for murder of 3 during a robbery gone wrong

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Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

August 14, 1902 Near Irondale, Missouri A man looking for scrap wood finds a baby in a valise who had been thrown from a train William Helms (72) was constructing a barn and needed additional scrap lumber. He visited a riverbank near a railroad trestle and noticed a valise (a small suitcase). As he approached… Continue reading Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

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Sheriff kills two gangsters after they kill rival

August 12, 1933 Kansas City, Missouri Gangsters Sam Scola and Gus Fasone are shot and killed after a sheriff happened upon the two shooting bootlegger and rival mobster Ferris Anthon The group was involved with a gangland dispute when Sheriff Thomas Bash noticed the confrontation and remarked to his companions “it looks like we’re running… Continue reading Sheriff kills two gangsters after they kill rival

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“Town bully” shot, killed in front of crowd of 30-45; none could identify killer

July 10, 1981 Skidmore, Missouri Ken McElroy is shot and killed after a vigilante mob descended upon his vehicle McElroy was known as the "town bully" and had been accused of assault, child molestation, statutory rape, and attempted murder among others. One instance occurred in 1980, when McElmore shot a 70-year-old grocer in the neck… Continue reading “Town bully” shot, killed in front of crowd of 30-45; none could identify killer

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Man found dead; two cryptic notes in his pocket are the only clues

June 30, 1999 West Alton, Missouri The body of Ricky McCormick is found with two strange notes McCormick’s body was decomposed by the time he was found, to the point medical examiners could not determine a cause of death. They were, however, able to identify his remains by his fingerprints, and determined he had died… Continue reading Man found dead; two cryptic notes in his pocket are the only clues