Man kills curiosities shop owner to steal sword

March 3, 1961 London, England Edwin Bush (21, pictured) stabs Elsie May Batten (59) to death in her curiosities shop Batten had been struck in the head with a stone jar and was stabbed several times with daggers she had for sell in her shop, one of which was left in her chest and another…

The guillotine declared France’s official means of execution

March 20, 1792 France The guillotine is declared the official means of execution in France Though beheading machines existed before the guillotine, with documentation existing as far back as 1307 in Ireland, the French refined the design and were the first to implement it as an official means of execution. Originally, the machine was dubbed…

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…