Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for assault and murder of 4-year-old

February 13, 1915 Chicago, Illinois Roswell Smith (27) is hanged for the murder of 4-year-old Hazel Weinstein On July 7, 1914, Smith lured Weinstein into a vacant building where he sexually assaulted her and either smothered or strangled her to silence her cries. Smith then carried Weinstein’s body into a house “with the pose of… Continue reading Man hanged for assault and murder of 4-year-old

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