Worldwide Hangings

George Green

A torn milk bill with chimney soot on it and an address – that was the only clue left at the murder scene when police discovered the bodies of Mrs. Anne Wiseman, 65, and her 17-year-old niece strangled with flex in their suburban home in Melbourne on Sunday, November 13th, 1938. The milk bill, detectives

Rudolph Hoess

The Nazis had a trick of finding the right people for their dirty work, and in Rudolph Hoess they found a perfect one. In 1923, when he was 23, he served four years for manslaughter. When Hitler came to power the ex-convict joined the SS and worked in several concentration camps until he was put

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

Thomas Ketchum

When his brother and companion in crime was shot dead by a posse in 1899, Thomas Ketchum, known as Black Jack, decided to make one final heist on his own. His target was a mail train; his plan was to disconnect the mail section from the rest of the train. He forced the driver, Frank

Wallace Ramesbottom

The Great Depression was biting into Canada when three unemployed men hatched a plot to hold up a small grocery store in Philip Street, a poorly lit cul-de-sac in London, Ontario, run by 65-year-old Samuel Weinstein. Walter Ramesbottom, 18, was the hold-up man, Henry Quinn, 36, the look-out, and Henry Traxler waited in the comfort

Colonel Miasoyedoff

When the Russian Army lost a staggering 125,000 men at the two battles of the Masurian Lakes during the First World War, the Ohkrana (secret police) were convinced there was a traitor in their midst. They identified him as Colonel Miasoyedoff, an interpreter who spoke German and had a criminal record for theft. In 1912

Joseph Gordon

The radio in patrol car 12 on the south-west side of Vancouver rapped out: “Investigate two suspect males prowling 1500 West Third Avenue.” Patrolman Gordon Sinclair, alone in car 12, was closest to the incident only two blocks away, and was first on the scene. When the cover unit arrived only a few minutes later

“John”

That was his name: just John. No one seemed to know if he had a surname, so they hanged him as John at Salisbury (now Harare) Prison on Thursday, April 2nd, 1959. John was the servant of Mrs. Lettie Digby-Ovens, 29, who was a celebrated fashion model. He stabbed her to death when she was

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