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)

Italy

Family executed for murdering abusive family patriarch

September 11, 1599 Rome, Italy Beatrice Cenci (21) along with her stepmother and brother, are executed for the murder of Beatrice's father, Francesco Cenci Francesco had long abused his family, beating and mistreating his wife and sons and sexually abused Beatrice. Beatrice had gone to authorities to report the abuse, but her protests fell on… Continue reading Family executed for murdering abusive family patriarch

Armenia · Executions · Religion · Turkey

The Skinned Saint

August 24 (approximately), 1st Century AD  Present-day Turkey or Armenia  Saint Bartholomew is martyred, possibly being flayed alive before beheaded  As the accounts of Saint Bartholomew are 2000 years old, some discrepancies are bound to be found. In Western Catholicism, August 24 is St. Bartholomew's feast day, thought to be the day the saint was… Continue reading The Skinned Saint

England · Executions · Political

Execution of William Wallace

August 23, 1305  Smithfield, London, Middlesex, England  William Wallace is executed for treason and wartime atrocities against non-combatants "sparing neither age nor sex, monk nor nun" Wallace was a Scottish knight and one of the instrumental leaders in the Wars of Scottish Independence and managed to avoid capture by the English until he was given… Continue reading Execution of William Wallace