Executions · Illinois · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

February 23, 1906 Chicago, Illinois Johann Hoch* (pictured front left) is hanged for murder (* Hoch was the name he was best known by at the time of his execution. According to newspapers at the time, Hoch used a variety of aliases, changing both his fore- and surnames to suit his needs. These names included,… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

England · Executions

The would-be death of “the man they could not hang”

February 23, 1885 Exeter, Devon, England John “Babbacombe” Lee (20, pictured) escapes death by hanging three times Lee, later gaining the title “the man they could not hang” due to his unsuccessful execution, was convicted of killing his employer. Emma Keyse was a wealthy, unmarried woman who had in her employ a handful of servants,… Continue reading The would-be death of “the man they could not hang”