this day in crime history: august 14, 1936

On this date in 1936, convicted rapist Rainey Bethea was executed by hanging in Owensboro, KY. In addition to the rape, Bethea also confessed to robbing and murdering his victim, 70 year old Lischia Edwards, but was never tried on those charges. A crowd of 20,000 people were on hand to witness the hanging. His hanging was the last public execution in the United States.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Rainey Bethea

Murderpedia – Rainey Bethea

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One thought on “this day in crime history: august 14, 1936

  1. John D.:
    Betcha POPCORN was sold a DECENT prices, too.
    And when public executions stopped, all those vendors had to go and invent the corner CARTS…and the hot dogs cost us a lot more ever since…
    😉
    Makes you long for the days when punishment FIT the crimes.
    (at least put them on PAY-PER-VIEW…lol)

    Good call.
    Roll safe out there.

    Like

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