Throughout the course of human history, criminals have been made to pay for their crimes in one form or another. The rallying cry behind many executions is to assuage a sense of wrongdoing and provide justice to those who were harmed. The following individuals undoubtedly earned their executions.
Allen Lee Davis 1999
Allen Lee Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of a pregnant woman and her two children, ages 5 and 9. Davis was executed using an electric chair by the state of Florida. He committed a crime against a pregnant woman is bad enough; that he also took the life of her unborn child and then her two living children makes his execution all the more reasonable.
Albert Fish 1936
Fish committed his crimes against children. Fish was a serial child molester and murderer who even cannibalized five of his victims. He was only proved to have cannibalized five of his child victims, but he claimed as many as 100 of his victims had met a similar fate. Fish was executed in the electric chair.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg 1953
The end of World War II launched the beginning of the Cold War. Americans feared an influx of Soviet spies in the U.S. and there was public outcry to identify and punish those responsible for espionage against the U.S. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were the highest profile individuals to have been convicted and executed for selling nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. The couple both met their end in an electric chair.
Carl Panzram 1930
Panzram is an example of the brutality of one human being and the scope of devastation they can cause. He admitted, in his last words in fact, to having murdered 21 human beings in addition to committing countless other crimes such as arson, burglary, and larceny. Most chilling was his claim that he sodomized some 1,000 male human beings. Panzram was not only boastful of his crimes, he also showed no remorse. He taunted his executioners as they prepared to hang him in Leavenworth, Kansas, telling his executioner to “Hurry up your Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!”
John Wayne Gacy Jr. 1994
Gacy is a particularly chilling example of a sadistic individual. Gacy was convicted of the murder and rape of 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978, burying 28 of his victims in his home’s crawl space and disposing of the rest across his property and a nearby river. Known as the “Killer Clown,” Gacy would perform charitable acts in his community dressed as Pogo the Clown. Gacy was executed by lethal injection in Illinois, telling his executioners in his final words to “Kiss my ass!”
Ted Bundy 1989
Bundy is an American serial killer who created a media firestorm with his crimes. Throughout the 1970s Bundy stalked, kidnapped, raped, and murdered countless women. He was convicted and admitted to the killings of 30 women. Not only did he murder and rape his victims, some were beheaded while he would also return to sexually assault the undiscovered bodies of recent victims even after their death. Bundy was executed in the electric chair in Florida.
Timothy McVeigh 2001
In 1995, McVeigh detonated a truck laden with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast blew an entire face off the building, took 168 lives, and injured as many as 800 people. Public outcry against McVeigh was cemented in the knowledge that his bomb took the lives of children in a daycare center housed within the building. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection in Indiana.
Alfred Rosenberg 1946
The Nazi Party that ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945 was responsible for spawning more heinous criminals and disturbing crimes than some civilizations produced over centuries. Alfred Rosenberg is widely regarded as the architect behind many Nazi policies and ideologies, including the anti-Semitic beliefs that led to the extermination of six million Jews. Rosenberg was convicted at Nuremburg after the war and hanged on 16 October 1946.