Alabama · Executions

The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

December 3, 1864 Newton, Alabama Methodist minister Bill Sketoe is hanged for betraying the Confederacy, and begins a local ghost story Sketoe had either deserting the Confederate Army or had aided pro-Union renegades (or possibly something else entirely) and was lynched for his betrayal. Because of his large frame, he bent the branch in which… Continue reading The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

Executions · Famous Last Words · Political · Virginia · West Virginia

FLW: change comes with blood

Famous Last Words John Brown Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) December 2, 1859 "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done." Brown,… Continue reading FLW: change comes with blood

Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion · Washington

The Whitman Massacre

November 29, 1847 Waiilatpu mission (near Walla Walla, Washington) Members of the Cayuse tribe murder Marcus Whitman and 12 others, believing Whitman was poisoning the Natives as he treated them for measles Whitman and others had immigrated west to build a Protestant mission with the intent of introducing Christianity to the Natives in the area.… Continue reading The Whitman Massacre

Massachusetts · Serial Killers

Serial killer and sadist Jesse Harding Pomeroy born

November 29, 1859 Charlestown, Massachusetts Murderer and sadist Jesse Harding Pomeroy is born Starting at the age 11 years old, Pomeroy would kidnap young children, predominantly boys, to beat, strip, and torture them. He tortured 7 young boys in this fashion until he was caught, his face distinctive due to a hairlip and completely white… Continue reading Serial killer and sadist Jesse Harding Pomeroy born