Half hangit Maggie, the woman who survived her execution

September 2, 1724Edinburgh, ScotlandMargaret Dickson (approximately 22) is hanged, incompletely, for the murder of her child “Ye Sons of Satan, Candidates of Hell, Listen unto the serious Truths I tell,” cautions a pamphlet announcing Dickson’s execution. The pamphlet continued, in rhyme, explaining the nature of Dickson’s crime and concluded: “The Miscreant kills the Fruit of…

Man strangles, rapes, and sets neighbor on fire

September 2, 1994Wilmington, DelawareBrian D. Steckel (27) strangles, rapes, and sets his neighbor Sandra Lee Long on fire Steckel’s story changed during the course of his interrogation, trial, and incarceration. In the most consistent version of events Steckel claimed he visited Long’s apartment to ask to use her telephone — multiple neighbors at the Driftwood…