Canada

Last man publicly hanged in Canada, executed for killing of father, brutal murder of stepmother

December 7, 1869 Goderich, Ontario Nicholas Melady (alt. spelling: Mellady) is hanged for the murder of his father and step mother On June 19, 1868, the bodies of Nicholas Melady Sr. and his wife Ellen were found murdered in their bed. The date of their deaths was estimated to have been nearly two weeks before… Continue reading Last man publicly hanged in Canada, executed for killing of father, brutal murder of stepmother

Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

December 4, 1896 McLeansboro, Illinois Benjamin Boehmer, alias Fred Behme, is hanged for the murder of his wife and child after his wife had their son baptized Boehmer and his wife Mary had been Roman Catholics before Boehmer converted to become a Methodist. The two separated briefly with Mary moving out of state to live… Continue reading Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls

November 21, 1884 Savanah, Missouri Oliver Bateman is hanged for the murder of two young girls On August 21, 1884, two sisters visited the Bateman household for lunch with Oliver and his sister before leaving to their own home. The girls, Austie (9) and Adella (7) McLaughlin, didn’t arrive home that night; their bodies were… Continue reading Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls

International/Multi-national

“Such is fame”: young man jumps to death performing stunt at Niagara Falls

November 13, 1829 Niagara Falls Sam Patch free-jumps into the Falls, dying as a result Patch, who was reported to be around 20 years old, had been a daredevil for quite sometime and reveled in entertaining others by jumping from great heights. His fateful jump had not been his first, but rather his third, from… Continue reading “Such is fame”: young man jumps to death performing stunt at Niagara Falls

Massacres/Mass Murder · West Virginia

Man kills wife, eight children with axe

November 10, 1805 Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) Abel Clemmons (alt. spelling: Clemmens, Clemons, Clemens) kills his pregnant wife and their eight children whose ages ranged from 1 to 12 Clemmons had been noted in “a gloomy melancholy mood” for several weeks leading up to the murders. Months before, Clemmons had been wrestling with the… Continue reading Man kills wife, eight children with axe