Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the man who carried the bomb inside Hitler's HQ on July 20, 1944 in an unsuccessful attempt to finish the dictator. Stauffenberg was arrested the same day and executed along with some of his co-conspirators in Berlin. In all, some 5,000 people were murdered by the Gestapo and the SS after the attempt. In this photo, the helmeted Stauffenberg poses for the camera on his horse at 17.Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg in 1926.
SS-Unterscharfuehrer Josef Riegler, 24, a former guard at Mauthausen, approaches the gallows at Landsberg prison.
After Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, the nation’s 4 million Sunni Muslim Kurds rejected his rules and his religious beliefs and demended independence. Khomeini sent in his Revolutionary Guards, who slaughtered thousands of Kurds using mock trials. On August 27th, 1979, in Sanadaj, nine Kurdish rebels and two former police officers were tried and sentenced to death. Their execution by firing squad was documented in startling detail by the above photograph, published in Ettela’at,
Wanda Jean Allen, 41, was executed by lethal injection on January 11, 2001 in Oklahoma. Twenty-four relatives of murder victim Gloria Leathers and manslaughter victim Detra Pettus traveled to McAlester for the execution. She stuck her tongue out and smiled at her appeal lawyer, Steve Presson, who had become her friend. He says she was "dancing on the mattress, while they tried to kill her." She was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m.
“Was not Hypatia the greatest philosopher of Alexandria, and a true martyr to the old values of learning? She was torn to pieces by a mob of incensed Christians not because she was a woman, but because her learning was so profound, her skills at dialectic so extensive that she reduced all who queried her to embarrassed silence. They could not argue with her, so they murdered her.” ― Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio
Roxalana Druse. The last woman to be hanged in New York for murder. In 1884 she shot, chopped, and strangled her 72 year old husband and burned the remains. Her execution was protested by groups who didn't believe in hanging women, especialy since she couldn't have a "jury of her peers." Her hanging went wrong because she was too small to effect the neck-breaking mechanism intended, and instead slowly strangled. New York implemented the electric chair because of her gruesome execution.
Elizabeth Potts (née Atherton) (Manchester, England, December 21, 1846 – Elko, Nevada, June 20, 1890) was convicted of murder in 1889 and hanged the following year, the only woman ever to be legally executed in the U.S. state of Nevada. Her husband, Josiah Potts, was executed simultaneously, having also been convicted of the murder and partial dismemberment of Miles Faucett.
U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942.
Hans Karl Möser, or Hans Moeser, (April 7, 1906 – † November 26, 1948) was a German Nazi SS officer at the Neuengamme, Auschwitz and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps during World War II. Rising to the rank of SS-Obersturmführer, he was captured at the end of the war and tried by the United States Military Government Court for war crimes. The only one among 19 defendants at the Dora Trial sentenced to death, Möser was executed at Landsberg Prison in 1948.