Executions · Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

February 9, 1940 Reidsville, Georgia James Fisher (alias James Johnson) and Joe Mathis are executed for the murders of an elderly couple during a robbery On September 12, 1939, John E. and Emma Trainer (ages 73 and 72 respectively) were killed in the dining room of their home. The apparent motive was robbery; the couple… Continue reading Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

Executions · Florida

Man dies with “a crown of foot-high flames” in botched execution

March 25, 1997 Florida Pedro Medina is executed by electrocution for the 1982 robbery and death of his elderly neighbor Medina’s neighbor, Dorothy James, had been stabbed, gagged, and left to die. Several days after the murder, Medina was found asleep in his James’ car as he was parked on the side of the interstate.… Continue reading Man dies with “a crown of foot-high flames” in botched execution

Executions · Female Killers · New York · Newspaper clippings

Martha Price: first woman executed in the electric chair

March 20, 1899 Ossining, New York Martha Place is executed for the murder of her stepdaughter, and becomes the first woman executed by electric chair in the process Mrs. Place had originally been hired as a housekeeper for the widower Mr. Place and his daughter. After some time, Mr. Place married Martha, though she quickly… Continue reading Martha Price: first woman executed in the electric chair