On September 6, 1894, the state of New Jersey executed two men via hanging. For the crime of murder, Wesley Warner was hanged alongside Bernard Altenberger, who had been convicted of robbery and murder.
On September 5, 2007, Tony Roach was finally executed for the heinous crime he committed in June of 1998.
In June, 1998, Tony Roach broke in to the apartment of Ronnie “Kitten” Hewitt in Amarillo, Texas. Roach confronted Kitten, attacked her and choked her with his arm. When she slumped unconscious, he took a belt and choked her to death. Roach then raped her vaginally and anally, took what money he could find, a knife a beer and some of her rings.
Leaving the scene, he used hair spray to set the apartment on fire. Firefighters arrived to discover Hewitt’s apartment on fire and her burned body. It was immediately apparent, however, that she had not died in the fire as her body still had the belt wrapped around her neck.
While being interviewed in Oklahoma on an unrelated crime a couple of weeks later, Roach confessed to murdering Kitten. Pawn shops in Amarillo and in Guymon, Oklahoma, surrendered pawn slips with Roach’s signature — items retrieved included a knife belonging to Kitten and two of her rings.
The semen collected from her vaginal area was not Tony Roach’s; however, the DNA profile of the semen found in the anal area matched the DNA of Tony Roach in ten different areas. This profile would only occur in one in six BILLION Caucasians, Blacks, or Hispanics.
A jury convicted Roach and sentenced him to death.
The actual sentence took close to a decade to be fulfilled, but in the end, Tony Roach took the opportunity to apologize to the family of his victim.
To the fiancé and the daughter of Ronnie “Kitten” Hewitt, Tony Roach said:
“So much hurt I’ve caused you all, I can only imagine how you feel. I pray the Lord Jesus Christ touches your heart the way he’s touched mine.”
And he did admit that he was the right perpetrator and was guilty of the crime.
Mind you, Roach then had to take the time to disagree with the sentence the state saw fit to give him with his next statement:
“I can’t agree with this justice the state is carrying out, but I accept it and I’m sorry. I have no ill will toward anyone carrying out this so-called justice.”
Now, one could almost feel like this psychopath had redeemed himself with his initial words, but the sociopathic nature exerted itself and he felt compelled to state that executing him was not justice.
Hell, no, cuz psychopaths don’t like to be hurt. It is OKAY for them to hurt you, but my oh my, what an injustice if they should be caught and made to pay the full penalty for their actions.
On September 4, 1896, the state of South Carolina hanged Aaron Duffie for the capital crime of murder.
The state of Texas just always has to do things bigger. On this date, September 4, 1896, the state of Texas executed three men condemned to death for their crimes against the commonwealth.
For his crime of murder, 37-year-old George Wheeler was hanged. For the dual-convictions of murder and robbery, both Silas Lee and Hickman Freeman were also hanged at the neck until dead.
On this day in execution history, one man was executed for his execution of another.
The state of Florida executed Paul Hill by lethal injection. Hill murdered a doctor and volunteer escort outside a Pensacola women’s clinic (formerly known as The Ladies Center) in 1994 under the guise of being an anti-abortion activist.
Shot to death were Doctor John B. Britton and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James H. Barrett on July 29, 1994. After his sentencing in December, 1994, the former minister expressed the desire to expedite his execution and declared his desire not to go through the various appeals available to him.
49-year-old Hill believed his death would be a catalyst for more violence against people providing abortions.
Lurking with shotgun in hand, Hill ambushed Britton and Barrett as they pulled in to the parking lot in Barrett’s pickup truck. June Barrett, the wife of the retired Colonel, was wounded but survived.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed the death warrant and Paul Hill’s execution by lethal injection took place on September 3rd at Florida State Prison in Starke in northeastern Florida.
On September 1, 1896, the state of Pennsylvania executed two men for the crime of murder. Hanging until dead and plunging into the hereafter were 27-year-old Joseph Orosz and Frank Morris.
On September 1, 1893, the state of South Carolina executed half a dozen men through the hangman’s noose.
For their crime of arson, William Cannon and Jim Bowers were hanged. For their crimes of murder, George Turner, George Ferguson, Oscar Johnson, and Henry Ewing were also hanged.
Assembly line justice.
Busy date in hanging history…..
On August 31, 1900, the state of North Carolina hanged murderer Thomas Jones in completion of his sentence of death pronounced by the court.