Executions · Missouri

Man executed for killing friend who refused to buy him a drink

April 1, 1955 Jefferson City, Missouri Dock Booker is executed for the shooting death of his friend Earl Harrison after Harrison refuses to buy Booker a drink Booker and Harrison, both baseball pitchers, had previously had arguments over which was the better player. With tensions between the two already high, the two men visited the… Continue reading Man executed for killing friend who refused to buy him a drink

Missouri · unsolved

Teen killed while babysitting

March 18, 1950 Columbia, Missouri Janett Christman (top photo, left) is killed while babysitting a toddler Christman, killed three days before her 14th birthday, had been babysitting a 2½-year-old boy. Police received a call around 11 p.m. on March 18, later presumed to have been from Christman. A “girlish” voice gasped “come quick” and was… Continue reading Teen killed while babysitting

England · Executions

Man hanged for murder of infant daughter

March 9, 1950 London, England Timothy Evans is hanged for the murder of his 14-month-old daughter Timothy (25, pictured), who was illiterate and possibly intellectually disabled, was married to Beryl (19), and together the pair had a 14-month-old daughter named Geraldine. The Evanses often had arguments over finances, Timothy’s habit of spending money on liquor,… Continue reading Man hanged for murder of infant daughter

Executions · Female Killers · New York

The Lonely Hearts Killers are executed

March 8, 1951 Ossining, New York Raymond Martinez Fernandez (36) and Martha Beck (31), the Lonely Hearts Killers, are executed While serving time for an unrelated crime, Fernandez supposedly learned about “voodoo and the occult,” to the point he believed he held some sort of control over women using witchcraft. He decided to use this… Continue reading The Lonely Hearts Killers are executed

Executions · France

French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

February 28, 1956 Paris, France Émile Buisson (54, pictured at 33 years old) is executed for murder Buisson made his first court appearance at the age of 9 and first served time in jail at the age of 16. From 1947 to 1951, Buisson formed a gang and perpetrated enough crimes to earn himself the… Continue reading French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed