Texas

10,000 lynch teen after he confesses to murder

May 15, 1916 Waco, Texas Teenager Jesse Washington is lynched in front of a crowd of 10,000 Lucy Fryer, a white woman, was murdered by blunt force trauma on May 8, 1916. Blame almost immediately fell upon 17-year-old Jesse Washington, a black teen who worked on the Fryer farm. When sheriff's deputies questioned Washington, they… Continue reading 10,000 lynch teen after he confesses to murder

Executions · Famous Last Words · Texas

FLW: felt the drugs in the back of his throat

Famous Last Words Michael McBride Texas May 11, 2000 "God bless all of you." (When the drugs began taking effect:) "Pretty cool, I feel it in the back of my throat. Bye." McBride, 38 at the time of the murders, shot and killed his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend and her 18-year-old male acquaintance on October 18, 1985.… Continue reading FLW: felt the drugs in the back of his throat

Texas

Man murders wife, mother-in-law in front of young son after argument

April 29, 2003 Texas Christopher Swift stabs and strangles his pregnant wife, drives to his mother-in-law's house to strangle her, then abandons his 5-year-old son at a motel Police learned of the murders after employees at a motel called to report an abandoned boy playing unsupervised in their lobby. The boy told police his father… Continue reading Man murders wife, mother-in-law in front of young son after argument

Newspaper clippings · School Violence · Texas

Woman kills school janitor for spanking her grandson

April 26, 1978 Dallas, Texas A woman shoots and kills a janitor for allegedly spanking her grandson The grandson and his sister informed their grandmother, Georgia Reeves, that janitor Woodrow Porter had spanked the 8-year-old for bending his car’s antenna. The grandmother called the children’s mother and all 4 went to the school to confront… Continue reading Woman kills school janitor for spanking her grandson