England · Female Killers

Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

May 11, 1744 London, England Lydia Adler fatally stomps her husband’s groin after an argument with another of his wives On May 11, Lydia later testified, she and one of John Adler’s other wives got into an argument. Both women insisted they were the man’s lawful wife. The other woman slapped Lydia across the face… Continue reading Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

Connecticut · Executions · Female Killers

Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

December 20, 1786 New London, Connecticut 12-year-old Hannah Ocuish is hanged for the murder of a 6-year-old following an argument over strawberries Ocuish was a biracial orphan (her father was black and her mother belonged to the Pequot tribe) and possibly had a mental disability. In June 1786, 6-year-old Eunice Bolles accused Ocuish of stealing… Continue reading Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

Executions · Famous Last Words · New York · Political

FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words Major John André Tappan, New York October 2, 1780 “I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.” Maj. André was hanged for as a spy for assisting Major General Benedict Arnold in his attempt to surrender to the British. He requested to be executed by firing squad, believing it… Continue reading FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Disasters · Portugal

Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

September 16, 1732 Campo Maior, Portugal Lightning strikes an armory, igniting gunpowder and causing an explosion which kills roughly 1,500 The lightning strike occurred at 3 a.m., hitting the 6,000 arroba (approx. 194,315 lbs. or 88,140 kg) of gunpowder and 5,000 units of ammunition stored within the fort’s armory. The explosion and resulting fires killed… Continue reading Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

Executions · Famous Last Words · Political · Sweden

FLW: his first time being beheaded

Famous Last Words Alexander Blackwell Sweden July 29, 1747 Blackwell, a Scottish-born adventurer, was executed for conspiracy in Sweden, accused of attempting to tamper with the Swedish line of succession. He proclaimed his innocence on the scaffold then laid his head the wrong way on the chopping block. When his error was pointed out he… Continue reading FLW: his first time being beheaded