Massachusetts

Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

April 19, 1775 Arlington, Massachusetts 78-year-old Samuel Whittemore, considered to be the oldest colonial combatant, kills 3 British soldiers, receives several grave wounds, and lives nearly 2 more decades before dying of natural causes Whittemore spotted a British relief brigade sent to assist retreating British troops during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He ambushed… Continue reading Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

Canada · Female Killers

Woman executed for murder of her husband, begins a ghost story about her skeleton

April 18, 1763 Quebec City, Quebec Marie-Josephte Corriveau is hanged for the murder of her second husband, and placed in a gibbet Corriveau's first husband may or may not have died as a result of being wed to Corriveau. While there is no concrete evidence suggesting she may have murdered him, rumors circulated after her… Continue reading Woman executed for murder of her husband, begins a ghost story about her skeleton

England · Executions · Female Killers · Newspaper clippings

Two women are executed for kidnapping, murdering, and selling of the corpse of a young boy

March 18, 1752 Edinburgh, Scotland Helen Torrance and Jean Waldie are hanged for the kidnapping, murder, and sale of the corpse of an 8- or 9-year-old boy As this article published in The Day on Thursday, January 12, 1832 (80 years after the fact) shows using court records, the defense of the suspects hinged on… Continue reading Two women are executed for kidnapping, murdering, and selling of the corpse of a young boy

England · Executions

Admiral executed for “failing to do his utmost”

March 14, 1757 Portsmouth, England Admiral John Byng is executed for "failing to do his utmost" during the Seven Years War Admiral Byng had failed to pursue a French fleet which would have likely become a suicide mission, and instead chose to protect his own fleet. Due to the Articles of War, anyone who did… Continue reading Admiral executed for “failing to do his utmost”