Arkansas · Executions

“Crime tourist” executed for murder

March 18, 1938 Tucker, Arkansas Lester Brocklehurst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of a man during a robbery Brocklehurst (sometimes spelled Brockelhurst) was a former Mormon Sunday school teacher turned “crime tourist,” as the press at the time referred to him. Beginning on March of 1937, Brocklehurst and his 18-year-old girlfriend Bernice Felton… Continue reading “Crime tourist” executed for murder

France

Family of 6 found mutilated in home

February 9, 1932 Moirax, France Six family members are found mutilated in their home Neighbors became suspicious after seeing Pierre Delafet (alt. spellings: Delafe, Dieulase, Diulafe) traveling on a bicycle on February 7, but none of his family was seen or heard from for the next two days. When they checked on the Delafet family,… Continue reading Family of 6 found mutilated in home

Executions · Ohio

Man executed for the murder of his teenage robbery accomplice

January 10, 1936 Eddyville, Kentucky Neal Bowman is executed for murdering his 17-year-old robbery accomplice Bowman had been involved in a robbery gang in Kentucky after escaping from an Ohio “prison for the criminal insane.” One of his gang mates was Comer Franklin, a 17-year-old who apparently wanted to leave his criminal life behind. Fearing… Continue reading Man executed for the murder of his teenage robbery accomplice

South Dakota

Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

December 31, 1936 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Two members of a robbery gang are attacked and left in a powder house before it explodes The victims were Floyd H. Parker (alias Harold Baker) and his girlfriend Helen Sieler. It was originally speculated the pair were attacked to silence them about a recent robbery, though it… Continue reading Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater