Jozef Tiso

Having made a deal with Hitler, on March 14th, 1939, Slovakia declared itself independent of Czechoslovakia and next day Germany invaded the remaining Czech lands. Heading the independence deal was Slovakia’s Monsignor Jozef Tiso, an anti-Semitic active Catholic priest turned politician, whose political party now functioned, with the blessing of the Nazis, as almost the

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

Leo Mantha

The lower deck situation on the Canadian Navy ship Naden at Victoria naval base in British Columbia wasn’t exactly shipshape. Two sailors were sleeping together, and this at a time, in the summer of 1958, when gay sex was illegal in Canada and severely punishable under military law. Aaron Jenkins, 23, wanted to become a

Teh Sin Tong

Singapore made drug dealing a capital offence in 1975 and that law has been widely publicised ever since. The first man to die under it was Teh Sin Tong, 28, a Malaysian labourer, who was hanged at dawn on Friday, April 28th, 1978, at Changi Prison. In the next decade 20 drug-dealers were hanged in

Gervaise Boutanquoi and Simon Chemouth

Two Frenchmen who served as mercenaries in the old Rhodesian army turned to crime after the 1980 war that created Zimbabwe. In 1981 they shot dead a caf? owner, Erhard Kraft. For this Gervaise Boutanquoi and Simon Chemouth were sentenced to death and despite appeals for clemency from France they were hanged at dawn on

Stanley Abbott

A bizarre religious group was the centre of degraded sex and murder in a suburb of Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad. Run by “black power” activist Michael de Freitas, calling himself “Michael X,” and his assistant, Stanley Abbott, it was also home to Gale Benson, 27, daughter of an English Tory MP. On January

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

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