Death of Blackbeard the pirate

November 22, 1718 Ocracoke, Province of North Carolina Edward Teach, best known as Blackbeard, is killed in battle Blackbeard's ship had been overtaken by the Royal Navy led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard. The pirates were out-trained and slightly out-numbered and so were doomed from the start. After an intense fight between Blackbeard and Maynard, including…

First woman executed by lethal injection

November 2, 1984 Raleigh, North Carolina Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed by lethal injection at the age of 52 Barfield confessed to killing 6 people by poisoning, including elderly patients in her care, her mother, and her fiancé. She was sentenced to death for the murders, the first woman executed by lethal injection…

FLW: parents, raise your children

Famous Last Words John Sterling Gardner, Jr. North Carolina October 23, 1992 "All I have to say is if more parents would raise their children in God-fearing homes, maybe some of them wouldn't end up in the position I'm in." Gardner was convicted of killing two restaurant employees during a robbery in which he stole…

Father murders 6 children then commits suicide

October 2, 1956 Clinton, North Carolina A 35-year-old father shoots his 6 children, bashes the in their heads with either the butt of a gun or an ax, then shoots himself between the eyes with a shotgun The children were Alice (10), Joseph (9), Melvin (7), Ruth (5), Jerry (4), and Sue (2). The children's…