Executions · Famous Last Words · New Mexico

The only man executed for train robbery

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

Executions · Massachusetts · Religion

The Boston Martyrs are executed

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

Illinois · Newspaper clippings · Wisconsin

Woman shot as she is thrown from car windshield

September 15, 1926 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Chicago, Illinois Two articles are published regarding separate unfortunate events The first article described a man, Ignacio Ortiz, having discovered his estranged wife with another man, Edward Wisniewski. Ortiz shot Wisniewski in the chest as the latter tried to drive away on a highway. The fatal shot caused the vehicle… Continue reading Woman shot as she is thrown from car windshield