CANADA DEATH PENALTY INDEX
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Notes: One of two Italian men who murdered Edward Green along the Grand Trunk Railway during a shooting-robbery on 20 Dec 1908. Both hanged at Victoria County Courthouse. The other was Leon Sepepil.
Last Words: Daniel made a short prayer.
Notes: Daniel and Arthur killed the Philip and Bertha Lake and their daughter Jackie near Pacific Junction on 5 Jan 1936. The family was beaten and shot and their house burned down on them. They took the Lake family's infant daughter for their mother. Mrs. Bannister was going to use the baby in a bizaar scheme to blackmail local men into paying her child support. The brothers were hanged together and the mother received a prison sentence.
Notes: Murdered brother-in-law William Doherty, wounded Charles and George Doherty, and beat his wife who was a sister of the Doherty's. He then set fire to the house. The crime occurred in Glassiville on 17 Jul 1904. Cammack was described as an old man and was hanged at 5 o'clock in the morning.
Notes: George and Rufus killed Norman Philip Burgoyne during a robbery on 07 Jan 1949. George's wife had given birth and he needed to pay the doctor's bill before the mother and child could be released. His brother needed money to get a suit from the drycleaner. They intended on robbing someone in a Fredericton alley but it was too busy. They hailed Burgoyne's cab and killed him with a hammer. The murder netted them $200. They left Burgoyne's body in the trunk of his cab which was soon discovered. Due to the brothers' extensive criminal records they were almost immediately questioned. George blamed his brother hoping he would be freed but both were found guilty. They were hanged together.
Munroe, John A
Notes: Murdered Maggie Vail and their infant daughter Ella May. Munroe was married and cheated on his wife with Vail. He strangled the child and shot the mother.
Notes: Nelson and William Harboard fired shots at people they believed were stealing their pigs and accidently hit Pierre Bonwah. Members of his tribe camped out around the home of the judge to ensure justice was done. Both were found guilty and sentenced to hang but Harboard received a pardon.
Pitre, Norman Joseph
Notes: Killed George Smith in a shooting-robbery on 20 Apr 1932. Pitre was aquitted in his first trial. The crown appealed on the grounds the judge made an error by excluding certain testimony. Pitre was found guilty and then hanged. Up to this time it was believed this was the only case in the British Empire where someone was executed for a crime they were originally aquitted of.
Richard, Joseph Pierre
Last Words: "I hope the Lord will forgive me."
Notes: Sexually assaulted and strangled 13 year-old Mary Katherine de la Perelle on 09 Feb 1957 in River Charlo. Richard had committed several crimes such as attempted murder, setting a dog on fire, desecrating a cemetary, offering indignity to human remains, theft, and arson and had spent several years in jail. At the time of the murder he had been paroled for 6 weeks. The gallows was a hole cut through the floor of Sheriff LeBlanc's office. The anonymous hangman was from Toronto.
Notes: One of two Italian men who murdered Edward Green along the Grand Trunk Railway during a shooting-robbery on 20 Dec 1908. Both hanged at Victoria County Courthouse. The other was Tony Arosha.
Last Words: no statement
Notes: Murdered Robert McKenzie and his wife and child for money. Burnt their house down on them. Assisted by his son Patrick Jr (sentenced to prison) and Hugh Breen (committed suicide in jail while awaiting execution). Slavin's execution was the last public hanging in Saint John.
Last Words: a prayer
Notes: Murdered Olive and Harvey Trenholme on 27 March 1922. Olive was Swim's lover for 17 years, Harvey was Olive's husband. Sheriff Foster asked Arthur Ellis to officiate but he declined. Jack Holmes accepted the job but was involved in an accident before he could arrive.The date of the execution was changed to give the sheriff more time to find a hangman.On recommendation from the sheriff in Montreal Foster hired W.A. Doyle and F.G Gill. Doyle put the hood and noose on Swim and sprung the trap. Before the doctor could examine Swim Doyle order him cut down. Due to his improper attitude and suspicion of drinking Foster sent Doyle away from the gallows. It was discovered Swim was still alive and would probably regain consciousness. After about an hour Foster made the decision to hang Swim again. He was carried back up to the gallows and Gill sprung the trap.
Last Words: To hangman "Don't get excited." Then "Goodbye all, let her go."
Notes: Killed Moncton police officer Joseph Steadman. Whalen was supposedly the nephew of the Patrick Whalen who killed Thomas Darcy McGee. An American detective identified Buck as being from Chicago. Also known as Robert Olsen.
Williams, Henry D.
Last Words: "I cannot do anything myself, but I am trusting in Him and He will carry through as he always has."
Notes: On 25 Nov 1924 Williams shot the daughters of his half-sister, Cynthia Foster age 14 and Necia Foster age 10. The murder took place near North Lake, the furthest north of the Chipuneticook Lakes. He was formerly known as Darius Thornton.