Executions · Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

August 10, 1982 Richmond, Virginia Frank Coppola is executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of a woman Coppola was a police officer in 1978 when he and accomplices gained entry to Muriel Hatchell’s home under the false pretense of selling roses. They then restrained her with the cord of a Venetian… Continue reading Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

Executions · Famous Last Words · Virginia

FLW: dying to get out of here

Famous Last Words Christopher Scott Emmett Virginia July 24, 2008 “Tell my family and friends I love them, tell the Governor he just lost my vote. Y’all hurry this along, I'm dying to get out of here.” Emmett was executed by lethal injection for the murder of a co-worker and roommate, John F. Langley. Langley… Continue reading FLW: dying to get out of here

Famous Last Words · Massachusetts · Political · Virginia

FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Famous Last Words Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Charlottesville, Virginia; Quincy, Massachusetts July 4, 1826 “Is it the fourth?” and “Thomas Jefferson...” On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, two of those who signed their names to it and who later became presidents of the United States, died within hours… Continue reading FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Man executed for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law, despite public opinion that he may be innocent

May 20, 1992 Virginia Roger Keith Coleman is executed for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law In 1982, Coleman's 19-year-old sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy, was raped, stabbed, and suffered a neck slash so severe she was almost decapitated. Coleman, a miner, was arrested and convicted on circumstantial evidence — blood on Coleman's clothing that matched… Continue reading Man executed for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law, despite public opinion that he may be innocent

Famous Last Words · Political · Virginia

The death of John Wilkes Booth

April 26, 1865 Port Royal, Virginia Lincoln's assassin, 26-year-old John Wilkes Booth, is killed by Union sergeant Boston Corbett Booth was tracked for 12 days following the assassination of President Lincoln, finally found hiding in a barn. Co-conspirator David Harold surrendered but Booth refused to, saying "I prefer to come out and fight." The Union… Continue reading The death of John Wilkes Booth