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
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
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
March 23, 2014 Richmond, Virginia Dave Brockie, best known for his stage persona Oderus Urungus, self-proclaimed "undying chaos-demon, Lord and Master of Earth, (and) lead singer of GWAR", dies at the age of 50 from an accidental heroin overdose Brockie was later given a Viking funeral, documented for mourning fans on Instagram.
December 26, 1811 Richmond, Virginia A fire quickly spreads in the Richmond Theatre, killing 72 including the Governor of Virginia and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia The fire started when a curtain became entangled in a lit chandelier, igniting the curtain and the set pieces and backgrounds. The audience of 598… Continue reading Theater fire kills 72