Category: Capital Punishment!

A Woman Beheaded In Germany

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – January 24, 1886



BERLIN, Jan. 24.—A woman named Badmewski was beheaded on Friday by the Berlin executioner for having poisoned her husband. She will, however, in all probability be the last criminal dispatched in this manner, as the Emperor is turning his attention to methods of capital punishment. His Majesty has decided against the present barbarous system. As executions are now conducted in Germany the condemned criminal is placed upon a stool, an assistant of the executioner holds the head, while the executioner himself, using a sword ground to a razor-like sharpness, severs the head from the body.


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Threatened Lynching

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – September 27, 1885



The Brutal Outrage for Which Several Circus Employes [sic] May be Hanged.

LOUISVILLE, Sept. 27.—It is reported here tonight that there is much excitement at Frankfort and Bagdad, Ky., a village near Frankfort, and that there will probably be a lynching before morning of several attaches of Doris’ Circus, who were arrested here and taken to Frankfort to-day, charged with highway robbery.

A.F. Scoffield, A. Miles, J. B. Weber and J. B. Turner, four young men of Bagdad, Ky., boarded the circus train to go to Frankfort to see the show. They paid their fair and soon afterward at the points of several pistols, which were leveled at them, were made to turn over all their valuables, watches, rings, etc. , and a small amount of money. The robbers then made then [sic] jump from the train which was running at a rapid rate. All were injured by the jump. Weber and Scofield had their legs broken and the former will not be able to walk again. Miles had a leg broken and Turne [sic], escaped with painful bruises.

The men arrested are Richard White, William Carroll, Paul McQuade, George Miller, John Boyd and John Martin. It is reported on the street here at 8 o’clock that all six of the men have been hanged, but the rumor has not yet been confirmed. The prisoners were confined in the jail at Frankfort.


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Terrible Scene At An Excursion

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – September 30, 1885


Terrible Scene at an Excursion.

COLUMBUS, O., Sept. 30.—Patrick Hartnett, the Cincinnati wife murderer, was hung at the Ohio penitentiary this morning. The drop fell at 1:20 o’clock, and he was pronounced dead one-half minute later. The fall resulted in almost decapitation, the head hanging to the body only by a small strip of skin at the back of the neck. It was with great difficulty that the executioners could summon courage to cut the body down. Hartnett killed his wife Jan 31, 1884, in Mount Auburn, a suburb of Cincinnati.


Obviously the title should be “Terrible Scene At An Execution” – but I kind of prefer “excursion”.
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Man And Wife To Hang

Posted by – November 18, 2013

January 29, 1892


“The Loathsome Couple” – Edward Gorey


The Schneiders, of Vienna, Adjudged Guilty and Both to Die For Horrible Crimes.

VIENNA, Jan. 29.—The sensational Schneider murder trial was ended to-day. The defence, if defence it can be called, where the accused go on the stand and by their evidence corroborate the testimony of the prosecution, closed this morning, and the case was given to the jury. The jurors required only seventy minutes to find Schneider guilty of all the murders charged against him, and a verdict of guilty against Frau Schneider for the murder of Vincenzia Trudar. The Judge immediately sentenced both prisoners to death. Both executions will take place on the same day, but Frau Schneider will be executed first.

Some months ago the police became habituated to receiving reports of the mysterious disappearance of young girls who earned their livelihood in the capacity of servants. It came to the knowledge of the authorities, after a long and patient investigation, that a large number of girls had been employed by Franz Schneider and his wife Rosalie, and that after they had been at work for a short time they would disappear and never be heard of again. All the evidence obtainable pointed in the direction of the Schneiders as having knowledge of the fate of the girls, and finally they were placed under arrest on the charge of murdering eight of their servants.

It was shown that the prisoners, on the pretext of employing the girls, had enticed them to their home. Once there, their fate was sealed. The evidence against the accused was overwhleming. Schneider, who broke down completely, confessed his guilt. He described in detail his method of doing away with the unfortunate girls who fell into his power. He would go to the room occupied by the girl last employed by his wife, and despite her prayers and entreaties would criminally assault her.

It was thought by the police that he first chloroformed his victim, but in his confession Schneider said that they were always conscious when he attacked them. Horrible as it may appear, his wife accompanied him and aided him in the accomplishment of this fiendish crime, and afterward she would grasp the hands of the victim while Schneider clutched the poor girl by the throat and choked her to death. The same course was pursued in the cases of all the eight victims.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook


Horrible Scene

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser Vital Statistics & Items 1810 – 1845, Volume 1, Mildred Howard Collection (Newfoundland, Canada) – August 16, 1831


James & Alexander Stewart were brought out for execution in front of Lifford gaol, on Saturday week. Placed under the beam, they drew their caps over their eyes, and with fervent calls for mercy, the drop fell. James died without struggle. The rope by which Alexander was suspended, broke, and he fell to the pavement, a distance of nearly forty feet! He fell with his head on his own coffin, which was broken, and rebounded off it a few feet. He was carried in, supposedly dead while the executioner, with a ladder, put another rope over the block, and raised the drop, pushing the culprit, suspended, to one side. To the astonishment of the crowd, Alexander again appeared and walked out on the drop. It was again slipped, but rested on the shoulder of James, who was again pushed to oneside, and Alexander was launched into eternity, but not suddenly. The board slowly moved down, sliding along James’ body. The know had shifted round under the chin of Alexander. His whole body convulsed, he several times pused himself from the wall with his feet, with great force – his clothes burst open so his naked breast was seen, and blood flowed from the wound he had received on the cheek, in the fall. At length he fell, his body was seen to stretch and he hung motionless alongside his brother. James was 25 years old, Alexander was 22 years. Their mother, sister and wife of Alexander were present.


Generously donated by Lisa Daly.

Hang Them

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Chico Weekly Record, Chico, California – Saturday, December 25, 1897



There are already manifest movements to create a groundwork of sentiment for the interposition of the plea of insanity for the man Huff, charged with the brutal murder of Mrs. Clute in San Francisco last week. In about every case where such a plea is interposes it presupposes guilt. Huff as yet must be presumed innocent. The circumstantial and direct evidence indicate that he is the murderer but the suggestion that he is crankily insane has cropped out, and will be in full flower when the man is put on his trial. That is clearly indicated by the present premonitory suggestions, says the Record-Union.

Assuming that Huff is guilty, and that he is a crank, in certain sense is a monomaniac, he is if guilty, sane enough to be hanged. Here is a man who has lived in and about San Francisco for twenty years, working in hundreds of families, having a very wide circle of acquaintances and trusted on all aides; a man of more than ordinary intelligence, whom no one in all that time had suspected in all that time as being at all dangerous, or anything more than eccentric, his eccentricities manifesting themselves along harmless lines. Now that he is charged with a heinous offense he is suddenly discovered to have been of mental unbalance, according to the hints now creeping into the accounts of the case. If he is insane, but not enough unsettled to warrant his confinement in an asylum, he should, if found guilty, be hanged regardless of the foreshadowed plea. These insane murderers are best hanged, because every last one of them short of maniacs, like the murderer now in custody in Oakland, is subject to the deterrent influences of punishment. Every time a murderer is set free on the ground of mental derangement, the clearance is followed by a fresh outbreak of the so-called insane.

Hang these crank murderers, and those prone to such deeds will be moved to restrain their predelictions for crime. They are susceptible to fear, they know perfectly well the difference between right andwrong, and dread the noose as much, if not more, than the sane.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair.


Father And Son Hanged

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – June 19, 1885



FARMERSVILLE, La., June 19.—Perry and William Melton, father and son, were hanged to-day for the murder of John W. Cherry. William died in great agony, the loop having caught over his chin in descending, remaining so as to allow easy respiration. After remaining so fifteen minutes, his condition being unchanged, the rope was re adjusted and death resulted in eleven minutes.


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The Elmira Murderer Hanged

Posted by – November 18, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – July 2, 1885




BINGHAMTON, N. Y., July 2.—William Meinecke was hanged here in the jail yard to-day for the murder of Katie Brodhoff. The execution was witnessed by about 250 persons. Meinecke was pale and trembled perceptibly when on the scaffold. He maintained his innocence to the last and hoped his blood would be on the prosecution.



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