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

Executions · Famous Last Words · Virginia

Man executed for murder of family of 4

April 9, 2003 Jarratt, Virginia Earl Bramblett is executed for the murder of the Hodges family, including their young daughters In August 1994, the Hodges were murdered in their home before a fire was started to destroy evidence. Mr. Hodges and his 2 children, Anah (3) and Winter (11), were shot in the head while… Continue reading Man executed for murder of family of 4