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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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: august 14, 1936

  1. John D.:
    You know, considering ALL the tripe that passes for “reality TV” these days, perhaps it’s time we brought back PUBLIC EXECUTIONS.
    Hell, sell tickets…make some money.

    I think if it prevents ONE crime, it’s done it’s job.
    (and we let everyone see one less criminal in our midst).
    We should try it…we might like it.
    😉

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.

    Like

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