Gary M. Heidnik (1999) most recent execution in Pennsylvania; Dustin Higgs (2021) most recent execution by the United States federal government; Joe Hill (1915) Paul Jennings Hill (2003) Mark Hopkinson (1992) first post-Gregg execution in Wyoming and last execution in Wyoming; Walter Horsford (1898) Took Leng How (2006)
1. Diary of Death - Franz Schmidt (1555-1634) Four centuries ago, one man left a fascinating historical record - a diabolical diary of the hundreds of people he had legally killed, maimed, disfigured, and tortured throughout his life. He was Franz Schmidt, an official executioner in Bavaria from 1573 to 1617.
Hang 'em High: 7 of history's most famous executioners by James Brigden 1. Brickin’ It - Immurement From the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome to 19th-century Persia (where criminals were known to have been bricked up alive into city walls head downwards) the ‘walling in’ of the condemned has a long history.
Vor einem Tag · Robert Lee Massie was California's longest-serving death row inmate prior to his execution in 2001. Donald Dillbeck was Florida's 100th execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty. Louis Gaskin was executed in Florida in 2023 for a double murder. James Barnes was Florida's 60th execution via lethal injection.
22. Juni 2021 · John Wayne Gacy Famous for his reputation of dressing up like a clown for fundraisers and children events, John Wayne Gacy killed and sexually assaulted at least 33 young men between 1972 and 1978. He was sentenced to death for 12 of his murders and spent 14 years on death row. On May 10, 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.
5. Juni 2020 · 19. The Black Arts Bandit. Medieval German outlaw Peter Niers ( died 1581) was a highwayman, black arts practitioner, and one of history’s most prolific serial killers. Over a fifteen-year period, as he confessed after his arrest, Niers murdered 544 people, and cut the fetuses out of the wombs of 24 pregnant women.
Medieval History. In a previous article on this site, we looked at seven of history’s most famous executioners. For centuries they have been paid to hang, behead, torture, burn, gut, smash, and chop up those unfortunates at the sharp end of justice. Here we look at seven more of history’s most famous official slayers.