Worldwide Hangings

Weddibung, Caroling and Poeling

The quaintly named trio were Aboriginals, part of a group who attacked the home of Dr. Edward Vines in Braeside Station, Western Australia, intent on robbery. The group came at night in September 1899, chanting and letting forth a hail of spears. A woman lodger at the house took her revolver, while Dr. Vines waved

Andries Van Niekerk and Edward Markus

“We’re looking for work,” the two strangers told farm manager Bill Nelson. The manager had plenty of work to be done at Waterval Farm, in the Transvaal, and the two men, Andries Van Niekerk and Edward Markus, were given a warm reception, food and accommodation. Two nights later shots were heard as the farm caught

John Bennett

During the Second World War and for years afterwards, US servicemen serving abroad suffered capital punishment if they were found guilty of either rape or murder. So it was that on Thursday, April 13th, 1961, John Bennett, a black US private, was hanged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He had been found guilty of raping and

Sidney Murrell

The four men who walked into the Home Bank in Melbourne, Ontario, on April 11th, 1921, had come to make a withdrawal – a big one. Brothers Sidney and William Murrell were accompanied by their pals Henry Williams and Pat Norton. One of them yelled: “Hands up!” while another pistol-whipped the bank manager. Sidney Murrell

Henry Bailey

When Connecticut store owner George Goodale sold some property for around $1,000 he decided to keep the cash with him at home for the time being. That excited the curiosity – and the greed – of his handyman Henry Bailey. As Goodale reclined in an easy chair on July 6th, 1906, Bailey came up behind

Walter Dubuc and Harold Carpenter

Who can tell how anyone will react when faced with the hangman’s rope? Walter Dubuc and his accomplice in crime, Harold Carpenter, reacted in completely opposite ways when they were hanged together for murder at Walla Walla in Washington state on Friday, April 15th, 1932. Dubuc, who claimed to be 16 but was thought to

Three unnamed men

It didn’t please some Egyptians that their president Anwar Sadat pursued a policy of friendliness towards Israel. They shot him down in a hail of bullets at a military parade in Cairo on October 6th, 1981 – 10 other people were also killed and 40 injured. Several men in Egyptian military uniforms launched the attack

Colin Ross

The naked body of 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke was found lying on a drain grating in Gun Alley, Melbourne, on New Year’s Eve, 1921, just 100 yards from a wine bar owned by Colin Campbell Ross. A local woman, Ivy Matthews, who had just been sacked as a barmaid by Ross, pointed a finger at him

Vernon Booher

After shooting dead his mother and brother and two farm labourers on their farm in Mannville, Alberta, in July 1928, Vernon Booher, 22, reported the killings to the police. They called in an Austrian psychiatrist, Dr. Adolph Langsner, who claimed to be able to read people’s brainwaves. Reading Booher’s, he deduced that Booher was the

Gustave Marx, Harvey van Dine and Peter Neidermeier

The year was 1903 and, calling themselves the Automatic Trio, Gustave Marx, Harvey van Dine and Peter Neidermeier could justifiably claim to be America’s first shoot-to-kill gangster team. During five months in 1903 they killed eight men, including two detectives. They went for the “big one” in August 1903, at a city centre railway station

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