Famous Hangings

Famous Hangings

List of Deaths from Hanging

  • 1305-08-23 Scottish patriot William Wallace is hanged, disemboweled and beheaded at Smithfield, London
  • 1330-11-29 Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England, executed by hanging on orders of Edward III at 43
  • 1417-12-14 John Oldcastle, English nobleman and pro-protestant Lollard leader, whom Shakespeare based his Falstaff character on, hanged for heresy at 39
  • 1440-10-26 Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
  • 1498-05-23 Girolamo Savonarola, Italian Dominican friar who helped expel Medici from Florence and preached against papal corruption, hanged at 45
  • 1534-04-20 Elizabeth Barton [St Magd van Kent], English nun, prophet and only woman whose head was on a spike on London Bridge, hanged for treason
  • 1566-07-29 Agnes Waterhouse, British woman hanged after being convicted of witchcraft at approximately 63
  • 1572-06-24 Adrianus van Gouda, Dutch lay brother of Enkhuizen, hanged
  • 1572-06-24 Cornelis van Diest, Dutch lay brother of Enkhuizen, hanged
  • 1572-06-24 Daniel van Arendonck, Dutch clergyman of Enkhuizen, hanged
  • 1572-06-24 Joannes van Naarden, Dutch priest of Enkhuizen, hanged
  • 1572-06-24 Ludovicus Voets, Dutch priest of Enkhuizen, hanged
  • 1573-12-11 Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
  • 1575-12-23 Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese warrior (hanged) (b. 1531)
  • 1580-12-01 Edmund Campion, English jesuit, hanged, drawn and quartered at 42
  • 1581-12-01 Ralph Sherwin, English Catholic saint, hanged, drawn and quartered at 31
  • 1581-12-01 Alexander Briant, English Catholic saint, hanged, drawn and quartered (b. around 1556)
  • 1586-09-20 Anthony Babington, English page and conspirator to Mary, Queen of Scots convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I, hanged, drawn and quartered at 24
  • 1593-04-06 Henry Barrow, English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1593-04-06 John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1606-01-31 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, hanged at 35
  • 1630-09-30 John Billington, English-born murderer who sailed on the Mayflower, 1st American executed by Plymouth colony, hanged at about 40
  • 1650-05-21 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general, hanged at 37
  • 1660-06-01 Mary Dyer, English Quaker (martyred) - hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1661-03-24 William Leddra becomes the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston, for the crime of returning from banishment
  • 1681-07-01 Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr (later beatified) to die in England, hanged, drawn and quartered for treason at Tyburn at 55
  • 1688-02-17 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
  • 1691-05-16 Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
  • 1692-06-10 Bridget Bishop, 1st person to be hanged in the Salem witch trials at 60
  • 1701-05-23 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London's Execution Dock at about 56
  • 1704-06-30 John Quelch, English pirate, hanged for piracy in Boston at 38
  • 1720-11-17 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, executed for piracy by hanging in Port Royal at 37
  • 1724-11-11 Joseph Blake, alias "Blueskin", a highwayman known for attacking "Thief-Taker General" (and thief) Jonathan Wild at the Old Bailey, is hanged in London. (b. c. 1700)
  • 1724-11-16 Jack Sheppard, English robber, hanged
  • 1739-04-07 Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)
  • 1748-06-28 Marretje Arends [Matje of Nieuwendijk], Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1748-06-28 Pieter van Dort, Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1776-06-28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • 1776-09-22 Nathan Hale, US captain, patriot and spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21
  • 1778-07-02 Bathsheba Spooner, American first woman executed after US Independence for arranging husband's murder, hanged while pregnant at 32
  • 1780-10-02 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • 1792-04-21 Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary and independence fighter (Inconfidência Mineira) considered a national hero, hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro at 45
  • 1798-11-19 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged
  • 1800-05-19 French Bosbeeck, veterinarian/robber, hanged
  • 1800-10-07 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged
  • 1812-05-18 John Bellingham, English merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, executed by hanging at 42 or 43
  • 1822-07-02 Denmark Vesey, American carpenter and ex-slave who planned an unsuccessful slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina, hanged with 5 others at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina at about 55
  • 1826-07-25 Pavel Ivanovich Pestel, Russian officer, hanged at 33 [OS Jul 13]
  • 1831-11-11 Nat Turner, slave rebel who led a violent insurrection in Virginia, hanged at 31
  • 1842-12-01 Philip Spencer, American sailor, 1st US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged aboard the USS Somers at 19
  • 1857-04-08 Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (B.N.I.) regiment of the British East India Company, hanged at 29
  • 1859-12-02 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59
  • 1860-10-31 Johannes Nathan, Dutch murderer, the last ordinary execution in the Netherlands, hanged for killing his mother-in-law
  • 1862-02-21 Nathaniel Gordon is hanged in NYC for engaging in the slave trade, the only slave trader in US history to be convicted and executed under the Piracy Law of 1820
  • 1862-06-07 William B. Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42
  • 1865-07-07 Lewis Powell, American Confederate soldier who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and who attempted to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, executed by hanging at 21
  • 1865-07-07 David Herold, American pharmacist's assistant who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, executed by hanging at 23
  • 1865-07-07 George Atzerodt, American conspirator who failed to attempt an assassination of Vice President Andrew Johnson on the night Abraham Lincoln was murdered, executed by hanging at 30
  • 1865-07-07 Mary Surratt, American boarding house owner who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, executed by hanging at 42 or 45. She becomes the first woman executed by the US government.
  • 1869-11-16 Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason
  • 1876-12-20 Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US
  • 1881-04-15 Sophia Perovskaya, Soviet icon, aristocrat, and socialist revolutionary (Narodnaya Volya), who helped orchestrate the successful assassination of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, executed by hanging at 27
  • 1882-06-30 Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of US President James A. Garfield, hanged at 40
  • 1885-11-16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41
  • 1887-05-08 Alexander Ulyanov, Russian revolutionary and brother of Vladimir Lenin, hanged for the attempted assassination of tsar Alexander III at 21
  • 1896-05-07 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer executed by hanging at 34
  • 1896-06-10 Amelia Dyer, English murderer of 300 infants, hanged at Newgate Prison, London (b. 1829)
  • 1903-11-20 Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42
  • 1905-02-17 Serge Alexandrovich, Governor-General of Moscow, assassinated by a terrorist bomb; his carriage driver also died, the assailant survived, was tried and hanged
  • 1905-08-04 Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, Tanzanian prophet and rebel leader, hanged for treason by German East African military
  • 1910-11-23 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, dies by hanging at 48
  • 1911-01-02 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji at 29
  • 1915-08-17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia at 31
  • 1916-08-03 Roger Casement, Irish diplomat, ardent Irish nationalist (Easter uprising 1916) and poet, hanged after conviction for treason by the British at 51
  • 1929-08-17 Horace Alderman, American smuggler who murdered two coast guards and a secret service agent, hanged at 38
  • 1931-03-23 Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter, hanged at 23
  • 1934-01-12 Surya Sen "Master Da", Indian activist for independence (Chittagong armoury raid), hanged at 39
  • 1936-08-14 Rainey Bethea, American murderer, hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, last US public hanging
  • 1943-05-10 Andre Bertulot, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943-05-10 Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943-05-10 Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1944-06-09 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS
  • 1944-08-08 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal (July 20th plot), hanged at 62
  • 1944-11-07 Richard Sorge, German spy for the Soviet Union in Tokyo during World War II, hanged in Tokyo at 49
  • 1945-02-02 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German Leipzig mayor and Nazi regime opponent (20th July plot), hanged at 60
  • 1945-04-09 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist/antifascist, hanged
  • 1945-04-09 Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th plot", hanged at 57
  • 1945-04-09 Hans von Dohnanyi, "July 20th plotter", hanged
  • 1945-04-09 Wilhelm Canaris, Admiral/headed Germany Abwehr, hanged
  • 1945-10-06 Leonardo Conti, Nazi physician, dies by hanging himself while awaiting trial for war crimes at Nuremberg at 45
  • 1945-12-14 Josef Kramer, German Nazi war criminal ("The Beast of Belsen"), hanged at 39
  • 1946-01-03 William Joyce, American-born Irish Fascist politician and NAZI propagandist, hanged in Britain for treason at 39
  • 1946-02-23 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," executed for war crimes by hanging at 60
  • 1946-04-21 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1946-09-13 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at after being convicted of war crimes at 37
  • 1946-10-16 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg trials at 56
  • 1946-10-16 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1946-10-16 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s), hanged at 54
  • 1946-10-16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS/SD), hanged at 43
  • 1946-10-16 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, hanged at 51
  • 1946-10-16 Hans Frank, German Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg war trials at 46
  • 1946-10-16 Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister and war criminal, hanged at 53
  • 1946-10-16 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1946-10-16 Wilhelm Keitel, Nazi military leader (head of the German High Command), is hanged at Nuremberg at 64
  • 1947-05-02 Dorothea Binz, German Nazi war criminal (Ravensbrück concentration camp), executed by hanging for her crimes at 27
  • 1947-06-18 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral, hanged for war crimes at 48
  • 1947-09-23 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • 1948-06-02 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • 1948-12-21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • 1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • 1950-03-02 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1950-06-27 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • 1951-06-07 Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged
  • 1951-09-08 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, executed by hanging for crimes against humanity at 56
  • 1955-05-17 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
  • 1955-07-13 Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging
  • 1962-06-01 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56
  • 1963-06-20 Joseph Self, American murderer, executed by hanging in Walla Walla, Washington at 32; last state execution until 1990
  • 1965-04-14 Perry Edward Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged at 36
  • 1965-04-14 Robert Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged at 33
  • 1975-01-08 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), dies from emphysema at 69
  • 1975-05-16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1976-07-23 Martin Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan author (Gamperaliya - The Uprooted/Changing Village), dies at 85
  • 1979-04-04 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • 1984-12-23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), dies at 88
  • 1985-01-18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • 1985-10-18 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 1990-03-15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • 1990-07-05 Mitch Snyder, homeless advocate, commits suicide by hanging at 46
  • 1993-01-05 Westley A Dodd, US murderer, 1st hanging in US since 1965
  • 1994-09-23 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • 1994-11-29 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, found hanged at 63
  • 2005-12-02 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2006-12-30 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), hanged in Baghdad at 69
  • 2014-08-11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63
  • 2017-03-22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • 2018-06-05 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, commits suicide by hanging at 55
  • 2018-06-08 Anthony Bourdain, American-French celebrity chef, author, and TV personality considered one of the most influential chefs in the world (No Reservations, Parts Unknown), commits suicide by hanging at 61
  • 2022-08-08 Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), dies at 81