26. Feb. 2021 · The state of Kentucky is famed for a lot of things, and it is known as the location of the last public execution in the United States. In the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 1936, some 20,000 spectators turned out in the city of Owensboro to watch the public execution of 26-year-old Rainey Bethea. Bethea, who was Black, had been charged with the rape of a 70-year-old white woman, reports the
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18. Nov. 2021 · The last public execution by guillotine, 1939 Weidmann is placed in the guillotine seconds before the blade falls. In the early morning of 17 June 1939, Eugène Weidmann became the last person to be publicly executed by guillotine. He had been convicted of multiple kidnappings and murders, including that of a young American socialite.
A public execution is a form of capital punishment which "members of the general public may voluntarily attend." This definition excludes the presence of only a small number of witnesses called upon to assure executive accountability. The purpose of such displays has historically been to deter individuals from defying laws or authorities. Attendance at such events was historically encouraged and sometimes even mandatory. While today most countries regard public executions with ...
In several countries, more recent executions were carried out for (alleged) war crimes, treason, genocide, or other crimes against the state, most notably the Ceaușescus, who were executed in 1989 in Romania after being convicted in an irregular (and actually illegal) military trial. The case of Spain (shown as 1972 on the map) is also complex. There were 8 more people executed in 1974 and 1975, sentenced for military crimes (murder of police officers and civil guard members), but this ...
11. Aug. 2018 · August 14, 1936 — A crowd variously estimated at 10,000 to 20,000 gathered at Owensboro, Kentucky on this day to watch the last ever public hanging in the United States. The fact that the prisoner was a young black man and that the sheriff overseeing the execution was a white woman intensified the interest of both the public and the Press.