England · Executions · Famous Last Words · Political

FLW: don’t hack me

Famous Last Words James Scott, Duke of Monmouth London, England July 15, 1685 “Do not hack me as you did my lord Russell.” Monmouth was executed for treason after leading an unsuccessful rebellion against his uncle, King James II & VII (second of England and Ireland, seventh of Scotland). Monmouth was called the illegitimate son… Continue reading FLW: don’t hack me

Executions · Germany · Political

Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve

June 12, 1535 Bishopric of Münster, Holy Roman Empire (modern day Münster, Germany) Elisabeth Wandscherer is beheaded for criticizing her husband about allowing the common people to starve Wandscherer was one of 16 wives of Jan van Leiden. Leiden was the self-proclaimed "King of Münster" and attempted to establish a "New Jerusalem" in Münster. He… Continue reading Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve

Executions · Italy · Religion

Teenaged Christian beheaded for his faith (304 AD)

May 12, 304 Italy Saint Pancras (also spelled Pancratius), a 14-year-old Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, is beheaded for his refusal to convert back from Christianity Pancras’ mother died in childbirth and his father died when Pancras was 8, and so he was adopted by his uncle. When his uncle converted to Christianity, so… Continue reading Teenaged Christian beheaded for his faith (304 AD)

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