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
June 27, 1940 Los Angeles, California Fred Morrison and his wife Muriel are found hanging from their back porch several days after their deaths (Clipping: The Bakersfield Californian, June 27 1940) WARNING: graphic content below . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
April 26, 1901 Clayton, New Mexico territory Thomas "Black Jack" Ketchum is hanged for train robbery, the only person executed for this crime Ketchum admitted he modeled his style after the infamous criminal Black Jack, but claimed he was not the real one. When he was sentenced to hang, he reinforced his innocence of the… Continue reading The only man executed for train robbery
Famous Last Words Allen J. Adams Northampton, Massachusetts April 16, 1886 (After his final meal) Why in the __ didn’t you bring me that eggnog? - - - (During the reading of the death warrant) I don’t care a __ what you read. - - - (As his arms were restrained to his chest) Go… Continue reading FLW: a day’s worth of obscenities
October 27, 1659 Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson are hanged for being Quakers, a violation of a religious banishment sentenced upon them Stevenson and Robinson were two of three of the Boston Martyrs; the third, Mary Dyer was executed by hanging on June 1, 1660. Stevenson's Last Words were "This day… Continue reading The Boston Martyrs are executed