Japan · Political

Samurai beheaded, turns to vengeful spirit in form of a flying severed head

March 25, 940 Japan Samurai Taira no Masakado is beheaded in battle by his cousin Masakado has led a small rebellion against the emperor. During that time, he killed his uncle Kunika, earning him a bounty on his head. His cousin, son of the uncle he killed, killed Masakado at the Battle of Kojima, severed… Continue reading Samurai beheaded, turns to vengeful spirit in form of a flying severed head

Executions · Vietnam

Postcard featuring beheading executions

March 7, 1905 Vietnam Two murderers are executed Little is known about the crimes or the execution except what is captioned on this macabre postcard: "Exécution capitale de deux assassins annamites le 7 mars 1905 avant l'abolition de la peine de mort" (Execution of the two Vietnamese murders on 7th March 1905 before the abolition… Continue reading Postcard featuring beheading executions

Executions · Germany · Religion

Johann Sylvan executed for Unitarian beliefs

December 23, 1572 Heidelberg, Germany Reformed German theologian Johann Sylvan is executed for publishing antitrinitarian literature Sylvan had published a thesis entitled "True Christian Confession of the Ancient Faith of the One True God and of Messiah Jesus of the True Christ, against the Three-Person Idol and the Two-Natured False Deity of the Antichrist," an… Continue reading Johann Sylvan executed for Unitarian beliefs

England · Executions · Political · Religion

St. Edmund shot with enough arrows to resemble a hedgehog then beheaded; a talking wolf leads his followers to his severed head

November 20, 869 (or 870) Kingdom of East Anglia (modern day English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk) Edmund the Martyr, king of East Anglia, is killed for refusing to renounce Christ Edmund was defeated by the Great Heathen Army (also known as the Great Viking Army or Great Danish Army) when East Anglia was invaded… Continue reading St. Edmund shot with enough arrows to resemble a hedgehog then beheaded; a talking wolf leads his followers to his severed head

Crime Scene Photography · Ohio · Serial Killers

The first two victims of the Cleveland Torso Murderer found (graphic)

September 23, 1935 Cleveland, Ohio Edward Andrassy and an unidentified male are found decapitated and emasculated near Jackass Hill The headless, emasculated bodies of Andrassy and a still unidentified male were discovered roughly 30 feet from each other. Though both bodies had been found the same day, they had been murdered at separate times: Andrassy… Continue reading The first two victims of the Cleveland Torso Murderer found (graphic)