Hannah Burgess

An Executed Today entry: William Burgess, hanged for killing his six-year-old daughter Hannah. William was a widower and a drunk, and he murdered Hannah in cold blood and hid her body, basically because he preferred to spend his money on booze rather than day care.

It is a horrific story, but I was pleasantly surprised by how proactive the local people were. When William Burgess offered conflicting explanations as to where Hannah was and someone found the remains of a fire with burned scraps of her clothing, the local vicar traveled five hours on horseback to fetch the constable. Then they spent months pumping water out of a flooded mineshaft when they didn’t even know for sure whether Hannah’s body was there. (It was.)

This was rural England in the 1850s and life was pretty hard. It would have been easy to just look the other way and concentrate on survival, not caring about the little girl. But instead the community did their best by Hannah, which is really the only silver lining in this very dark story.

List of my ET posts

Apropos of nothing, I made a list of every Executed Today post I have yet posted for your enjoyment.

  1. Clarence Ray Allen, California, January 17, 2006
  2. Anna Antonio, New York, August 9, 1934
  3. Willem Arondeus, the Netherlands, July 1, 1943
  4. Stephen Arrowsmith, UK, December 16, 1678
  5. Andrei Stepanovich Arzhilovsky, Russia, September 5, 1937
  6. Kojiro Asukara, Japan, December 27, 2001
  7. Hardy Ballard, Frank Brenish, Edward Carr and Parker Harris, Tennessee, June 24, 1890
  8. Babi Yar Massacre, Ukraine, September 29, 1941
  9. Garry Richard Barrett, Canada, July 14, 1949
  10. George W. Barrett, Indiana, March 24, 1936
  11. Anders Bengtsson, Sweden, October 1584
  12. Lee Monroe Betterton, Oklahoma, July 9, 1920
  13. Jake Bird, Washington, July 14, 1949
  14. Not Halina Birenbaum, Poland, July 1943
  15. Alice Bishop, Massachusetts, October 4, 1648
  16. Mary Blandy, UK, April 6, 1752
  17. Albert F. Bomberger, North Dakota, January 19, 1894
  18. Alice Bowe, England, November 1284
  19. James Edward Brady, Montana, October 2, 1901
  20. Reginald Brooks, Ohio, November 15, 2011
  21. Bill Brown, Sonnie Crain and John Watson, Tennessee, April 25, 1900
  22. Henry Adolph Busch, California, June 6, 1962
  23. Charles Rodman Campbell, Washington, May 27, 1994
  24. Jarvis Catoe, Washington D.C., January 13, 1943
  25. Thomas Chalfont, UK, November 12, 1800
  26. Oba Chandler, Florida, November 15, 2011
  27. George Chapman, UK, April 7, 1903
  28. Sarah Chesham, UK, March 25, 1851
  29. W. Clements, Massachusetts, February 18, 1813
  30. Shimon Cohen, Lithuania, May 19, 1942
  31. Phillip Coleman, Montana, September 10, 1943
  32. Thomas Cornell, Rhode Island, May 23, 1673
  33. Goodwife Cornish, Maine, December 1644
  34. Mary Frances Creighton and Everett Applegate, New York, July 16, 1936
  35. Jan Creoli, New Netherlands (New York), June 25, 1646
  36. John Dean, UK, February 23, 1629
  37. Harvey DeBerry, Tennessee, August 19, 1897
  38. Frederick Bailey Deeming, Australia, May 23, 1892
  39. The first Defenestration of Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), July 30, 1419
  40. Jesus Maria de Galindez, Dominican Republic, March 13, 1956
  41. Not Isaac Desha, Kentucky, June 18, 1827
  42. Eight War of 1812 deserters, Tennessee, February 17, 1815
  43. Amelia Dyer, UK, June 10, 1896
  44. Choka Ebin, Oklahoma, June 14, 1897
  45. Jakob Edelstein, June 20, 1944, Poland
  46. Johann Georg Elser, Germany, April 9, 1945
  47. Four Equatorial Guineans, Equatorial Guinea, August 21, 2010
  48. James Eubanks, California, January 1891
  49. John Fagan, John Grimes and John Johnson, New Jersey, August 28, 1765
  50. Sasha Filippov, Russia, December 23, 1942
  51. Modise Mokwadi Fly, Botswana, March 24, 2010
  52. Hester Foster and William Young Graham, Ohio, February 8, 1844
  53. Ben Fowler, Tennessee, January 25, 1928
  54. Heinrich Furhmann, Montana, May 2, 1883
  55. Edek Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, Poland, September 15, 1944
  56. Peter Galwin and John Taylor, New Jersey, December 5, 1774
  57. Earl Gardner, Arizona, July 12, 1936
  58. William Garner, Ohio, July 13, 2010
  59. Geng Jinping and Zhang Yujun, China, November 24, 2009
  60. Michael Carl George, Virginia, February 6, 1997
  61. William German, Tennessee, 1869
  62. Coleman Gillespie, Oregon, October 5, 1900
  63. John Gilman, Oregon, December 13, 1889
  64. Wasyl Gnypiuk, UK, January 27, 1961
  65. George Green Jr., France, May 15, 1945
  66. James Guild, New Jersey, November 28, 1828
  67. Samuel Guile, Massachusetts, October 16, 1675
  68. Wilhelm H., Germany, May 20, 1943
  69. William Haas and William Wiley, Ohio, April 21, 1897
  70. Paul Hadley, Arizona, April 13, 1923
  71. Henry William Hagert, Ohio, October 13, 1945
  72. Ben Zion Halberstam, Poland, July 28, 1941
  73. Elise and Otto Hampel, Germany, April 8, 1943
  74. Joseph Hanno, Massachusetts, May 25, 1721
  75. Harriet the slave, Tennessee, August 23, 1833
  76. Neville Heath, UK, October 16, 1946
  77. Max Hertz, Poland, February 20, 1942
  78. Benjamin Hopper, France, April 11, 1945
  79. Two Isis priests, Rome, sometime around 19 A.D.
  80. Not Shaike Iwensky, Latvia, July 9, 1941
  81. Thomas Jeremiah, South Carolina, August 18, 1775
  82. Four Jews from Bedzin and Sosnowiec, Poland, April 13, 1942
  83. Three Bialystok Jews, Poland, December 31, 1942
  84. 1,196 Jewish children from Bialystok, Poland, October 5, 1943
  85. 534 Lithuanian Jewish intellectuals, Lithuania, August 18, 1941
  86. Thousands of Jewish children and elderly in the Lodz Ghetto, Poland, September 5, 1942
  87. A lot of Jews and Poles near Lvov, Poland, July 4, 1941
  88. Five Jews in Sokal, Poland, February 24, 1942
  89. Ten randomly selected Jews in Treblinka, Poland, September 11, 1942
  90. Robert Johnston, UK, December 30, 1818
  91. Thomas Jones, Canada, December 29, 1868
  92. Julius the slave, Kentucky, March 1, 1837
  93. Karolina Juszczykowska, Poland, January 9, 1945
  94. Kasongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 15, 2000
  95. John W. Kelliher, Minnesota, June 23, 1886
  96. Not Sim Kessel, Poland, December 1944
  97. Noor Inayat Khan, Germany, September 13, 1944
  98. Janusz Korczak and his orphans, Poland, August 6, 1942
  99. Marianne Kurchner, Germany, 1943
  100. Wilhelm Kusserow, Germany, April 27, 1940
  101. Not Anatoly Kuznetsov, Ukraine, November 1, 1943
  102. Jakob Lemberg and family, Poland, March 2, 1942
  103. Eddie Leonski, Australia, November 9, 1942
  104. Otto Leuth, Ohio, August 29, 1890
  105. Sevier Lewis, Oregon, August 30, 1878
  106. Li Lindong, China, August 18, 2011
  107. Israel Lipski, UK, August 21, 1887
  108. Peter Lung, Connecticut, June 20, 1816
  109. Allen Mair, UK, October 4, 1843
  110. Icchok Malmed, Poland, February 8, 1942
  111. Kim Malthe-Bruun, Denmark, April 6, 1945
  112. Frederick Mann, Canada, October 12, 1883
  113. The False Margaret, Norway, sometime in 2012
  114. Mary the slave, Missouri, August 11, 1838
  115. Louisa Josephine Jemima Masset, UK, January 9, 1900
  116. Charles McLachlan, California, September 15, 1939
  117. Emeline Meaker, Vermont, March 30, 1883
  118. Sarah and Sally Metyard, UK, July 19, 1762
  119. Pavlik Morozov’s “killers”, USSR, April 7, 1933
  120. Elizabeth Morton, UK, April 8, 1763
  121. George Nelson, Tennessee, September 12, 1864
  122. Irene Nemirovsky, Poland, August 17, 1942
  123. A Newfoundland dog, New York, July 30, 1888
  124. Four guys in New Mexico, New Mexico, September 24, 1896
  125. Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre, France, June 10, 1944
  126. Mirjam Sara P., Germany, May 27, 1941
  127. Harriet Parker, UK, February 22, 1848
  128. George Parrott, Wyoming, March 22, 1881
  129. Richard Parrott, UK, October 26, 1761
  130. Thomas Phipps and Thomas Phipps Jr., UK, September 5, 1789
  131. 32 Polish people, Poland, June 6, 1940
  132. Not Jesse Pomeroy, Massachusetts, August 31, 1876
  133. John Price Posey, Virginia, January 25, 1788
  134. John of Powderham, England, June 1318
  135. Abraham Prescott, New Hampshire, January 6, 1836
  136. Anton Probst, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1866
  137. Raphaelson the Kapo, Poland, September 1944
  138. Charlotte Rebhun, Germany, May 1, 1945
  139. Recak Massacre, Kosovo, January 15, 1999
  140. Yitzkhok Rudashevski and family, Lithuania, October 1943
  141. Buck Ruxton, UK, May 12, 1936
  142. Anton Schmid, Lithuania, April 13, 1942
  143. Mailo Segura, Alaska, April 15, 1921
  144. Atefah Rajabi Shalaaleh, Iran, August 15, 2004
  145. William Showers, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1888
  146. Charles Ford Silliman, Colorado, November 9, 1945
  147. George Joseph Smith, UK, August 13, 1915
  148. Steven T. Smith, Ohio, May 1, 2013
  149. Not Hersh Smolar, Lithuania, April 1, 1942
  150. Arnold Sodeman, Australia, June 1, 1936
  151. 32 Soviet soldiers, Germany, June 18, 1953
  152. Not Szymon Srebrnik, Poland, January 17, 1945
  153. David Stevenson, France, July 18, 1918
  154. George Stinney Jr., South Carolina, June 16, 1944
  155. C.Y. Timmons, Oregon, February 26, 1909
  156. Tom the slave, State of Franklin (Tennessee), August 9, 1786
  157. Tsimequor, Canada, December 12, 1888
  158. 22 Uganda martyrs, Uganda, June 3, 1886
  159. Senitsa Vershovsky, Ukraine, January 16, 1942
  160. Tony Vettere, Montana, October 1, 1926
  161. Charles Wall, UK, July 30, 1830
  162. Perkin Warbeck, England, November 23, 1499
  163. Joseph Watson and Willie Wimberly Jr., France, November 8, 1944
  164. Krystyna Wituska, Poland, June 26, 1944
  165. Frederick Charles Wood, New York, March 21, 1963
  166. Yang Kaihui, China, November 14, 1930
  167. Ah Yung, Montana, August 16, 1883
  168. The Zalkind family, Lithuania, autumn 1943
  169. Zhang Yongming, China, January 10, 2013

I’ve got 27 Holocaust-related entries, 15 that I’d deem political, ten soldiers, 24 minors under the age of eighteen, and a whopping 83 murder cases. Oh, and four cases (counting the defenstration) were lynchings.

Of all the ones I’ve written about, as far as the most repulsive individual I’d have to say it’s a tie between triple murderer Oba Chandler and Steven Smith, who raped an infant to death. The most interesting case in my opinion is the Pavlik Morozov one.

Executed Today, Watson and Wimberly

My latest Executed Today post: two American soldier-rapists named Joseph Watson and Willie Wimberly, who raped a French civilian at gunpoint and shot both her and her father during World War II.

I hope the poor woman was able to recover from her ordeal, psychologically as well as physically. What an awful thing for our American soldiers to do on territory they were supposed to be liberating. Watson and Wimberly richly deserved their fate.

The Klein kids

I had meant to put the Klein boys up on Charley today: Daniel, David and Kenneth, missing for over 60 years now. It must have been a stupendous case at the time. I mean, three little boys, brothers, vanishing into thin air like that. I bet there was plenty of news coverage if I were to start digging in online archives and, perhaps, my local library’s microfilm collection. Maybe the case has a few mentions or even whole chapters in books concerning 20th-century Minneapolis history.

Slight problem, though: none of the boys have a law enforcement contact listed for them. I would assume the Minneapolis PD is investigating, but I don’t know that for sure. Indeed, I don’t know if any LE is investigating at all. I’ve put up old cases without LE contact before, for historical interest, but I think they were all older than this one.