Executions · Texas

Man executed for killing woman during robbery of school cafeteria

February 16, 1995 Huntsville, Texas Billy Conn Gardner is executed for fatally shooting a robbery victim On May 16, 1983, a gunman obscuring his face with a stocking entered a back room of the Lake Highlands High School cafeteria while Thelma “Katie” Row (64) was counting receipts for the day. The man tossed a paper… Continue reading Man executed for killing woman during robbery of school cafeteria

Germany

Man wanted for the murders of his wife and mother-in-law kills self while running from police

February 16, 1954 Cologne, Germany Donald John Merrett (alias Ronald John Chesney, 46) kills himself while on the run from police On March 17, 1926, when he was 19, Merrett’s mother died by a single gunshot wound behind her ear. Merrett told investigators he believe his mother had shot herself, an assumption that was initially… Continue reading Man wanted for the murders of his wife and mother-in-law kills self while running from police