Hamida Djandoubi the last man to be executed by guillotine in France. Convicted of torturing then murdering a 21-year old woman he met recovering from an amputation. (France; September 10 1977)[534 x 267]
In 1963, “four little girls” in Birmingham, AL were murdered because simply of the color of their skin. Yesterday, Congress voted to award them one of our country’s highest honors. http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/24/four-little-girls-of-birmingham-remembered-50-years-later/
May 15, 1956 - Doomed. Canon City, Colorado: Convicted slayer John Gilbert Graham manages a smile as he enters the death cell in the Colorado State penitentiary here May 15th. Graham, killer of 44 persons, one of them his own mother, in a plane bombing, is scheduled to die the week of August 26th.
May 11, 1949: Marie Besnard, the Queen of Poisoners takes her toll. The body of Leon Besnard is exhumed in Loudun, France, by authorities searching for evidence of poison. For years, local residents had been suspicious of his wife Marie, as they watched nearly her entire family die untimely and mysterious deaths. Law enforcement officials finally began investigating Marie after the death of her mother earlier in the year.
Jan 19, 1983: Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyons, arrested in Bolivia. Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief of Lyons, France, during the German occupation, is arrested in Bolivia for his crimes against humanity four decades earlier. As chief of Nazi Germany's secret police in occupied France, Barbie sent thousands of French Jews and French Resistance members to their deaths in concentration camps, while torturing, abusing, or executing many others.