Executions · Minnesota

Man executed by hanging, the noose held by jail officials when the rope proved to be too long

February 13, 1906 St. Paul, Minnesota Convicted killer William Williams is hanged during an execution so botched the state never hangs another inmate again Williams was convicted of killing 16-year-old Johnny Keller and his mother, Mrs. F. S. Keller. Williams and Johnny had befriended each other two years before the murders while both were hospitalized… Continue reading Man executed by hanging, the noose held by jail officials when the rope proved to be too long

Executions · Guatemala · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man’s televised execution is botched

February 10, 1998 Guatemala City, Guatemala Manuel Martinez Coronado is executed for the murders of 7 Coronado had been convicted of killing a family of seven — including four children ages 2 to 12 — in 1995 following a land dispute. He was convicted, primarily upon the testimony of a 10-year-old witness, though Amnesty International… Continue reading Man’s televised execution is botched

Executions · New Jersey · Newspaper clippings

Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

January 3, 1884 Newark, New Jersey Two men are executed for murder in a double hanging The execution of Robert Martin, convicted of killing his wife and their infant as she held the baby, was botched. The Harrisburg Independent reported “the poor wretch who was condemned to suffer death at the hands of the law… Continue reading Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

Executions · Florida

Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

December 13, 2006 Raiford, Florida Ángel Nieves Díaz is executed for murder, though his lethal injection is botched leading to his arms being burned by the chemicals Díaz was convicted of the December 29, 1979 robbery and murder of club owner Joseph Nagy. Most of the club’s employees were locked in a room during the… Continue reading Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

August 10, 1982 Richmond, Virginia Frank Coppola is executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of a woman Coppola was a police officer in 1978 when he and accomplices gained entry to Muriel Hatchell’s home under the false pretense of selling roses. They then restrained her with the cord of a Venetian… Continue reading Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman