On the Charley Project’s Facebook page they recently asked me to upload a photo, so I did. It’s the photo that’s on the left side of the Charley Project’s banner. After I did so, some people said they had no idea who was in that picture and had always wondered. Well, just to clear things up:
The photo is of Charley Ross, the long-lost little boy whom the Charley Project was named after. (See Wikipedia for his story.) It’s the only photograph ever taken of him, and he was two years old at the time; he was four when he disappeared. After his abduction, his family had an artist draw another picture of him as he appeared at age four. It was probably the first age-progression picture ever done of a missing person. The AP photo is on the right side of the Charley Project banner.
Yesterday I got another ET entry in, #196: Modiste Villebrun, the last person executed in Canada while it was still a colony. Villebrun lived in Quebec and he and his girlfriend, Sophie Boisclair, poisoned his wife and her husband so they could marry each other. They got away with the first murder but they were caught the second time. My guess is the lovers weren’t being terribly discreet about their affair.
Sophie Boisclair’s sentence was commuted to life in prison because she was pregnant. She was released after serving 20 years.
And that’s the last of my Executed Today entries for this month.
Another Executed Today entry by me: Robert “Rattlesnake” James, a serial killer who was hanged by the state of California in 1942. James earned his nickname by using rattlesnakes as one of his weapons of murder. The two snakes were presented as evidence during his trial, and one of them actually escaped during the lunch break.
They botched his hanging too.
On April 2nd I had another Executed Today entry run that I forgot to post: Henry Frank Decaillet. He was a middle-aged married father of five who fell in love with, and had a sexual relationship with, a girl named Phoebe who was either 12 or 13 at the time. (Ew.) After a year or so she got tired of him and wanted to date boys her own age and he shot her because she was “living an immoral life” and he wanted to stop her from “becoming a prostitute.” He never attempted to hide what he’d done and was gassed in California in 1954.
Executed Today by me (the entry not the hanging obviously): William Hole, who murdered his wife. It’s a pretty sad tale of drunken domestic violence by a mentally ill and probably brain-damaged individual.
Another ET entry: five black people got lynched in Alabama on this day in 1895, after they murdered a white guy, the nephew of a former governor. A sixth man was lynched for the same crime about a week later.
Another Executed Today entry: Alice Glaston, executed for some unspecified crime in England in 1546. She was, at eleven years old, the youngest girl ever executed in England as far as I can tell.