Executions · Famous Last Words · New York · Religion

Priest executed for the murder of his “wife”

February 18, 1916 Ossining, New York Hans B. Schmidt is executed for the murder of a woman posing as his wife Schmidt was a Catholic priest, and holds the honor being the only priest to have been executed in the United States. He met his victim, Anna Aumüller, in 1912 and later told his alienists… Continue reading Priest executed for the murder of his “wife”

Executions · Montana · Newspaper clippings

Triple hanging of murderers (and a formal invitation to the event)

February 16, 1917 White Sulphur Springs, Montana Harrison Gibson, Henry Hall, and Lester Fahley are hanged for murder The executed convicts were from a group of seven railway workers who robbed a train unassociated to their employer. Gibson, Hall, and Fahley shot their victims after the robbery, which earned them the death penalty. Invitations were… Continue reading Triple hanging of murderers (and a formal invitation to the event)

Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

First person executed based on fingerprint evidence

February 16, 1912 Illinois Thomas Jennings becomes the first person executed based on fingerprint evidence left at the scene of the crime Jennings had killed a Chicago homeowner during a burglary gone wrong. The homeowner discovered Jennings and a scuffle ensued, during which time Jennings’ hand touched some wet paint. The wet paint managed to… Continue reading First person executed based on fingerprint evidence