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Ted Bundy was executed on the 24th of January, 1989. Outside the prison, there was a macabre carnival-like atmosphere. As Ted Bundy was led to the electric chair, over 100 capital punishment supports sang songs, lit sparklers, danced, and cheered. Some wore specifically designed t-shirts or held signs that condoned the execution. The final two photographs show onlookers clapping as a hearse containing Ted Bundy’s corpse is taken to the mortuary.

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February 22nd 1943: White Rose group executed

On this day in 1943, three members of the peaceful resistance movement in Nazi Germany, the White Rose, were executed. The White Rose, comprising students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor, began in June 1942. The group secretly distributed leaflets protesting against the regime of Adolf Hitler and the war being waged in Europe, highlighting the repressive nature of the Nazi police state and drawing attention to the mistreatment of Jews. The group took precautions to avoid capture by keeping the White Rose group very small. However, on 18th February 1943, the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl were discovered distributing leaflets by a university janitor, who informed the Gestapo. Hans and Sophie were arrested and immediately admitted guilt, hoping to avoid being coerced into implicating their fellow members of the White Rose, but after further interrogation were forced to give up the names. Four days later, the Scholls and Christoph Probst - some of the founding members of the group - were put on trial and found guilty of treason; they were sentenced to death. That same day, February 22nd, the three were executed by beheading at Stadelheim Prison. After their executions, the remaining members were arrested and killed, thus ending the White Rose resistance movement. The White Rose, alongside other groups like the Edelweiss Pirates, are an important example of Germans speaking out against Hitler’s regime, and their deaths are yet another in the litany of Nazi crimes.

“We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!”

On Christmas Eve of 1990, Thomas J. Grasso broke into the home of 87-year-old Hilda Johnson and strangled her to death with her own Christmas tree lights before stealing a measly $12 and her TV. Grasso then moved to New York with his wife, Lana, where he broke into the home of 81-year-old Leslie Holtz and strangled him to death and stole  his Social Security check. Grasso was sentenced to death. After making a number of bizarre statements on the day of his execution, he had a last meal of steamed mussles, steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, a half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs which was served at room temperature. His last words before being executed by lethal injection were:

“I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.“ 

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“Here lies Joy” reads an epitaph on a gravestone in Windsor. This gravestone is the final resting place of not a human, but of a dog. Joy was a cute little Spaniel that belonged to the 13-year-old son of Russia’s last monarch, Tsar Nikolai ii Romanov, Alexei. In 1918 in Yekaterinburg, Tsar was executed along with his wife, Empress Alexandra, and his five children, including 13-year-old Alexei. So how exactly did Joy end up buried in Windor? It was widely believed that Joy had most likely met the same fate as the rest of his family but as it transpired, the execution squad took pity on Joy and allowed him to live.

According to Siberian Times, Joy was homed with Colonoel Pavel Rodzianko, who was serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Siberia. When it was time to leave, he had become so fond of Joy that he brought him back to England with him.

Danny Rolling was executed on 25 October, 2006, for the brutal murders of five college students. He was a particularly sadistic serial killer, often posing his victims in provocative stances after raping and mutilating their bodies. He sliced off the nipples of one victim and placed them beside her. He mounted another victim’s decapitated head on the bookcase to morbidly greet whoever discovered her. Another victim was sliced open from the pubic area up to her chest. Shorty before his execution, he handed his spiritual a handwritten confession in which he admitted to stabbing to death 55-year-old William Grisson, his 24-year-old daughter Julie and his 8-year-old grandson Sean, as they got ready for dinner on 4 November, 1989 - “I witnessed his execution and it was nothing he put his victims through,” said Julie’s mother.

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Fun fact about Kaede’s execution:

Her execution’s bgm, ‘Flohwalzer’ or otherwise known as ‘I Stepped On A Cat’ in Japan, is a piano piece where almost all the used keys are black unlike your everyday piano pieces.

And ‘kuro(black)’ is also used to refer 'culprit’ in Japanese too, so I think they chose the song in that perspective.

Also, this is a song usually taught to the piano novices. Kaede is an expert pianist yet they made her do basic piano piece and get booed by the audience, a complete humiliation for her.

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The 17 January, 2006, execution of Clarance Ray Allen is arguably one of America’s most controversial executions. Clarance Ray Allen first found himself in prison after he and four accomplices robbed Fran’s Market grocery store in California. After the successful robbery, one accomplice, 17-year-old Mary Sue, blurted out that Allen was responsible for the robbery to the son of the couple who owned the grocery store.

Infuriated by the revelation, Allen ordered Lee Furrow, another accomplice, to strangle Mary Sue and to dispose of her body, to which he complied. Allen was soon apprehended and sentenced to life imprisonment while the real killer, Furrow, was charged with second-degree murder. While behind bars, Allen struck up a friendship with Billy Ray Hamilton, a conman who was going to be paroled. Revenge driven, Allen asked Hamilton to murder the witnesses whom testified against him during his trial.

On 5 September, 1980, Hamilton travelled to Fran’s Market armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Once there he senselessly murdered 27-year-old Byron Schletewitz, 17-year-old Josephine Rocha, and 18-year-old Douglas White. Unbeknownst to Hamilton, a neighbour, Jack Abbott, heard the commotion and armed himself with a shotgun and made his way to the market. Hamilton and Abbott exchanged fire before Hamilton fled. He was soon apprehended and found with a “hit list” containing the names of the witnesses; he was charged and sentenced to life imprisonment. For his part in the murders, Allen was sentenced to die.

Over the next 23 years, Allen sat on death row with his health deteriorating substantially. He lost his hearing, was confined to a wheelchair, and was declared legally blind. He didn’t know sign language so was unable to communicate. On 2 September, 2005, Allen suffered a heart attack but managed to survive. His lawyers argued that executing Allen would constitute as cruel and unusual punishment and that somebody as incapacitated as Allen was no danger to anybody . The court did not agree and Allen was executed by lethal injection the day after his 76th birthday.

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January 21st 1793: Louis XVI executed

On this day in 1793, the King of France Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in ‘Revolution Square’ in Paris. Louis ascended to the throne upon the death of his father Louis XV in 1774, four years after his marriage to Marie Antoinette. The monarchs proved controversial figures, due to Louis’s ineptitude and Marie’s extravagant tastes and devotion to Austrian interests. Both opposed monarchical reform and the reorganisation of the general assembly, a stance which spelled their doom as the French Revolution reached a turning point with the storming of the Bastille fortress in July 1789. In the midst of the unrest, in 1791, Marie and Louis attempted to flee to Austria, but were apprehended and returned to Paris. The royal couple were imprisoned in 1792, and the monarchy was abolished in the same year. For his efforts to thwart the revolution, the National Convention tried King Louis XVI for treason and executed him by guillotine in January 1793; he was executed as ‘Citizen Louis Capet’, rather than King Louis. In October of that year, Marie Antoinette was also convicted of treason and faced death at the guillotine. Their deaths marked a turning point in the French Revolution, and, indeed, in the history of France, as the nation transitioned from a monarchy to a republic.

“I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France.”
- Louis XVI before his execution

Edith Cavell was a nurse and is known and celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers during the First World War. She did not discriminate and helped both German and Allied soldiers. She also helped over 200 allied soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium, for which she was arrested. Regardless of the fact that she helped German soldiers, she was found guilty of treason and was executed by a German firing squad in 1915.

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A man being led to and strapped into an electric chair by five men at Sing Sing prison, Ossining, New York. Circa 1900.

The electric chair was first ever used at Sing Sing prison for a mass execution on 7 July, 1891. Executions were traditionally carried out at 11PM on a Thursday night in this prison. The condemned would be escorted to the the execution chamber by five to seven guards and the prison chaplain. Already waiting would be the warden of Sing Sing, the state electrician, two doctors, and also the twelve witnesses.

A total of 614 Death Row inmates were executed in “Old Sparky” in New York state alone.