June 17, 1939 Versailles, Yvelines, France Eugen Weidmann becomes the last person publicly executed by guillotine Weidmann and two accomplices kidnapped, robbed, and murdered six people. The victims were strangled or shot in the nape of the neck. Spectators at the execution demonstrated such "hysterical behaviour" (the witnesses reportedly dipped handkerchiefs in Weidmann's blood as… Continue reading The last public execution in France
June 17, 2008 Tokyo, Japan Serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki (宮﨑 勤) is executed for the murders of 4 young girls Between August 22, 1988 and June 6, 1989, Miyazaki kidnapped, murdered, raped, and dismembered 4 girls; the youngest two victims were 4 and the oldest was 7. Miyazaki also drank the blood and ate part… Continue reading Man executed for murder, rape, and dismemberment of 4 young girls
June 16, 1944 Columbia, South Carolina George Stinney Jr. is executed by electrocution at the age of 14, becoming the youngest executed criminal in the 20th Century in the United States Stinney was convicted of the deaths of two girls, ages 8 and 11. The girls had been beaten to death with a piece of… Continue reading George Stinney Jr.: youngest person executed in the 20th century in the US
Famous Last Words William Palmer Stafford, Staffordshire, England June 14, 1856 “Are you sure it’s safe?” (Attributed) Palmer was hanged for the murders of his friend, John Cook. It was suspected that Palmer, a man who enjoyed gambling but was not particularly good at it, had poisoned fellow-gambler Cook to steal his winnings. Palmer had… Continue reading FLW: is it safe?
June 12, 1857 Toledo, Ohio Return Jonathan Meigs Ward is hanged for the murder of his wife Ward had been abusing his wife Olive for some time before the murder. Olive sent her children from a previous marriage to other homes, and attempted to flee on a train. In an effort to detain her, Ward… Continue reading Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)