Man executed for murder of his common-law wife, whom he battered and sliced to death

January 5, 1926Birmingham, EnglandJohn Fisher is executed for the murder of his romantic partner, though the executioner nearly hangs a guard in his place Fisher had been romantically involved with Ada Taylor (some sources erroneously report her name as Ida) for 14 years. The couple lived together with Taylor’s daughter from a previous relationship, Jessie…

Teen dies in mountains, his body guarded by his dog

November 7, 1929Rowe, New Mexico15-year-old Alfonso Sedillo becomes lost in the mountains, eventually succumbing to the elements Sedillo and two friends had gone into the mountains about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Santa Fe to pick piñon nuts. Sedillo’s companions left their campsite to retrieve some water from a nearby spring, at which point…

Teen dies in a faked suicide orchestrated by mother

March 13, 1922 Chicago, Illinois Margaret Shader (16, pictured) is fatally shot According to Margaret’s family, the teen had become despondent when her mother refused to allow her to marry her boyfriend, Frank Lee (16), on the basis of his race. The location of the pistol used to take Margaret’s life was near the body…

Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

March 9, 1923 Fort Madison, Iowa Earl Throst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of Inga Magnusson Magnusson (sometimes spelled Magnussen) was a 21-year-old teacher of a one-room schoolhouse in Allamakee County, Iowa, though she lived with her parents in Houston County, Minnesota, roughly 40 miles (64 km) north of the school. When she…