Sometime in December 1644 in colonial Maine, one Goodwife Cornish was hanged for allegedly killing her husband. As to whether she did it or not, we’ll never know. I suppose she might have, but the evidence at her trial was pretty pathetic.
Archive for the ‘historical’ Category
Another ET entry by me — actually, most of the text comes from a public domain book published in 1904 — about a woman named Alice Bowe who, with several of her friends, were executed for murder in 1284.
This Executed Today entry is actually a few days old; I’d forgotten to post about it before: Eddie Leonski, an American serviceman who became known as the Brownout Strangler. He was an American serviceman serving in Australia during World War II, who strangled three women and attacked several others over the course of just a few weeks in the spring of 1942.
Fun fact, not mentioned in the entry: Ivan Chapman, who wrote a book about Leonski, speculated he had leptomeningitis, like Arnold Sodeman, another serial killer in Australia whom I wrote about on ET. Leptomeningitis, a degenerative disease of the brain, goes a long way to explaining Sodeman’s crimes and would fit Leonski’s pattern of behavior as well. But unlike Sodeman, Leonski wasn’t autopsied after his execution, so we’ll never know one way or the other.
God, the internet connection here is intolerably slow. Even if I could get online with my computer (which, for some reason, I can’t), I don’t think I’d be able to update Charley.
However I did want to share with you my latest Execution Today effort: Louis Harris and Ernest Jackson, shot at dawn within half an hour of each other during the last days of World War I.
I have another entry on Executed Today for Alice Bishop, one of the original settlers in the Plymouth Colony. She brutally murdered one of her children for no apparent reason and was hanged on this day in 1648.
On this day in 1901, James Brady was lynched in Helena, Montana after his arrest for the kidnap and sexual assault of a little girl. Quite possibly he have been hanged in any case if he had been brought to trial and properly convicted, and certainly I have no sympathy for a serial child molester and possible killer. But lynching is still wrong and I’m glad someone was brought to account for it, even if it was only the jailer.
I found, via Twitter, this video from 1950, about techniques the police used to find MPs back then. It’s kind of interesting and I thought I’d share it with y’all.
Another ET entry by me. My preferred title would have been “Three Guy Named John” but instead it was “Three Burglarious Johns.” I’m pretty sure “burglarious” is not a real word.
Child rapist, or attempted rapist, or whatever. Harvey DeBerry was hanged in Tennessee on this day in 1897. He was convicted of “assault and battery upon a female under ten years of age, with intnet to unlawfully and carnally know her.” His victim was his employers’ seven-year-old daughter, Elenora Eigiman. DeBerry was the first person in the county to be convicted of that particular crime, which had the same punishment as rape.