Female Killers · Virginia

Teen executed for murder of her employer

August 16, 1912 Richmond, Virginia Virginia Christian (17) is executed in the electric chair for the murder of her employer Christian's employer, Ida Virginia Belote, had a habit of mistreating her teenaged maid, often hitting Christian. On March 18, 1912, an argument between the two broke out as Belote accused Christian of stealing a skirt… Continue reading Teen executed for murder of her employer

Executions · Kentucky

The last public execution in the United States

August 14, 1936 Owensboro, Kentucky Rainey Bethea becomes the last person publicly executed in the United States Bethea was convicted of the rape and murder of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards, who was choked during the violent sexual assault. He left behind damning evidence including a distinctive ring as well as fingerprints, linking him solidly to the… Continue reading The last public execution in the United States

England · Executions · Serial Killers

“Brides in the Bath” killer executed

August 13, 1915 Maidstone, Kent, England Serial bigamist and murderer George Joseph Smith is hanged Smith had found a career in marrying women bigamously, clearing out their savings, then skipping town only to assume a new name and begin the process anew. Somewhere along the line, Smith realized he could make even more money from… Continue reading “Brides in the Bath” killer executed

Executions · Texas

Man executed for the abduction and murder of 9-year-old

August 11, 1999 Texas James Otto Earhart is executed for the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Kandy Janell Kirtland Earhart had reportedly visited the Kirtland home a week before Kandy’s disappearance, claiming to be interested in purchasing a paint sprayer the family was selling. Kandy’s stepmother later recalled Earhart looking Kandy “up and down” and… Continue reading Man executed for the abduction and murder of 9-year-old

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