Though it’s unusual for a woman to be sentenced to death and even more unusual for execution to be carried out on a woman, it does happen. Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010.
In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. When an Arizona jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, questions were raised regarding the other women on death row in Arizona. If the jury decides to give Jodi the death penalty, she will join the following list of women.
Minuteman activist Shawna Forde claimed to have been racially profiled, falsely arrested and the victim of her controversial politics, but investigation instead revealed a narcissistic personality disorder, strong ties to a drug cartel and the coldblooded murder of a child.
Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010. After yesterday’s verdict, the nation wants to know: Will Jodi Arias be joining their ranks?
Some have a lot to say, some say nothing at all. Some beg for forgiveness, while others proclaim their innocence til the very end. A look at the last words of death row inmates.
Death row inmates are allowed a special last meal request before execution. Here’s what some of them ordered.
When Kathryn Eastburn and her daughters were brutally murdered just before Mother’s Day 1985 police quickly closed in on suspect Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Later he was acquitted, only to be convicted and sentenced to death again, this time by a military tribunal, in this controversial case.
Clarence Ray Allen was an anomaly. Unlike most violent criminals, who start their careers young and taper off with age, Allen didn’t start killing until he was well into middle age. Even in prison, he continued orchestrating murders.
Convicted killer Brett Harman went to his execution Tuesday still maintaining his innocence. Hartman has spent over a decade on Ohio’s death row for the brutal 1997 murder of Winda Snipes. Prosecutors said Harman had stabbed her 138 times, slit her throat and cut off her hands.
Steven Hayes, one of the two men convicted of the horrific home invasion murders of a Cheshire, Conn., woman and her two daughters in 2007, has asked to waive his appeals and be put to death. In a letter to the Hartford Courant, Steven Hayes, 49, said that he cannot continue to live under the conditions to which he is subjected on death row at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.