Worldwide Hangings

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

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

Henry Lorenz

“I need that money back that I lent you,” Nils Anderson, a Swedish immigrant, told his friend Henry Lorenz. “My sister’s family can’t pay their mortgage and if I don’t help them out they’ll be out on the street.” This was the era of the Great Depression, when everyone was strapped for cash. Anderson’s request

Khudiram Bose

India’s Revolutionary Party branch in the Bengal region, dedicated to liberating India from British rule, was so impressed with the zeal of its new recruit, 18-year-old Khudiram Bose, that he was given a special mission – to assassinate the local chief police magistrate, Mr. Kingsford. On April 30th, 1908, in the best tradition of assassins

James Watherston

An aboriginal tracker known as “Jimmie” was called in by South Australian police to hunt down the man who raped and strangled 12-year-old Elizabeth Nielson just 300 yards from her home in Monash in the outback. Jimmie’s tracking skills led him to the home of James Watherston, a 27-year-old labourer, who confessed to the crime

Joseph Bergeron

“I have neither the desire to marry you nor the temperament to tolerate further your repeated importuning,” declared 41-year-old Elizabeth Dowsette when Joseph Bergeron came knocking at her door for the umpteenth time. Small wonder she was cross. She knew Bergeron, a tinsmith, had abandoned his wife and five children to pursue her, and several

Samuel Monich

Forty-three-year-old Hattie Decker, a farmer’s daughter of Montville, New Jersey, had two suitors for her hand in marriage – Samuel Monich, 45, a Hungarian immigrant, and John Bolk, a local grain and feed retailer, in whose store Hattie used to buy provisions for her father’s farm. Monich became so jealous of Bolk that he bought

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