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.
Another ET by me: Asbury Respus, a serial killer active in North Carolina in the first third of the 20th century. He’s kind of atypical: his eight victims were both black and white, male and female, ranged in age from 9 years old to 80, and were killed in a variety of different ways.