England · Executions

Doctor hanged for the murder and alleged dismemberment of his second wife

November 23, 1910 Pentonville Prison, London, England Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen is hanged for the murder of his second wife Corrine "Cora" Turner Cora had been partial to open extra-marital affairs and when the couple moved from the US to England, and the doctoral credentials Hawley carried were insufficient to practice medicine in England adding… Continue reading Doctor hanged for the murder and alleged dismemberment of his second wife

Executions · Famous Last Words · Utah

FLW: Ordering his own execution

Famous Last Words Joe Hill Salt Lake City, Utah November 19, 1915 "Fire!" Born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund in Sweden, Hill was a labor activist, unionist, and song-writer who coined the term "pie in the sky." He was accused of, arrested for, and convicted of the murders of his son, a grocer, and a former police… Continue reading FLW: Ordering his own execution

Famous Last Words · France

FLW: put that cigarette out

Famous Last Words Hector Hugh Munro Beaumont-Hamel, France November 14, 1916 "Put that damned cigarette out!" (Alternatively "Put that bloody cigarette out!") Munro, whose pen-name was Saki, was a homosexual author at a time when it was illegal in Britain to be gay. At 43, over the age to enlist, he nevertheless joined the military… Continue reading FLW: put that cigarette out