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

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

  1. How sad.
    Not the hanging, or the fact that it was for a crime other than murder.
    The fact that we no longer have public executions. They can be very educational.

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  2. John D.:
    I agree with Old 1811 on this one.
    We should have never stopped POUBLIC executions.
    (and it doesn’t EVEN have to be pay-per-view)

    The robbery, rape and murder of a 70 yr old…special kinda hell time was waiting for that bastard, hmm?

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.

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