A wife and a mistress is a dangerous combination, as Baltimore salesman Edward Grammer, 35, found to his cost. He decided his wife would have to go, and killed her, covering up the murder by staging a car accident in which he claimed she died.

He was offered a deal, that he plead guilty to second-degree murder and receive a life sentence. But in court he changed his mind and pleaded not guilty, still claiming that it was an accident. He was found guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to death and hanged on Friday, June 11th, 1954.