Earlier this week reported News24 on the execution of Lisa Montgomery – the first American woman in almost 70 years to be sentenced to death at the federal level.
The crime she committed in December 2004 is like being taken from a horror movie. Montgomery went home to a pregnant woman Bobbi Jo Stinnett, strangled her, cut the baby out of her womb and took it with her.
The child survived, but unfortunately did not 23-year-old Stinnett.
But Montgomery is not the only woman sentenced to death in the United States. Since the year 2000, 13 other women have also met the same fate.
Here are some of them…
Sang Amazing Grace
That her husband Douglas would die – he knew Kelly Gissendaner for several months before him.
To help her perform the deed, she had the lover Gregory Owen, which Gissendaner equipped with a knife and baton. When his husband came home from work, he was driven to a desolate forest lot by Owen – and once there he was murdered by blows and stab wounds to the neck.
In other words, Gissendaner was not the one who carried out the murder itself, but was highly involved in how and when it was to be carried out.
She was sentenced to death, and was brought crying into the execution room in September 2015. Just before she was executed with a poison syringe, she is said to have sung “Amazing Grace”.
The evidence was questioned – was still executed
Frances Newton was sentenced to death in 1988 for killing her husband and two children – seven years and 21 months old respectively.
Newton never stopped claiming his innocence, and the technical evidence of the case has subsequently been much questioned.
The evidence that convicted her was analyzed in a laboratory that performed dubious and misleading analyzes in other American cases.
Her lawyer is also not said to have questioned a single witness during the trial, and he was later banned from working in criminal cases.
Although the American Bar Association tried to lift Newton’s death sentence to the last, the execution was issued in September 2004. She did not want to say a last word.
During ten months of terror between 1989-1990, seven bodies, shot to death, were found dumped in the ditches in Florida.
The sex worker was responsible for the murders Aileen Wournon – America’s first female serial killer.
In court, she claimed that all the murders were committed in self-defense after she herself had been threatened and raped. She later withdrew the mitigating explanation.
Wournon was sentenced to six death sentences, and executed in October 2002. Her last words were:
– I will return, as Independence Day, with Jesus, sixth June. Like the movie, big mothership and everything. I will be back.
Exactly what she meant by that is unclear – whoever lives will see.
Tortured a child to death
Lisa Ann Coleman was behind the torture and starvation of 9-year-olds Davontae Williams 2004.
His body had more than 250 injuries – and was found tied up, malnourished and neglected in the home he shared with his mother, and her partner Coleman.
Williams weighed only 16.3 kilograms when the body was found, but Coleman claimed that his death was an accident.
She was sentenced to death, and smiled at the witnesses in the execution chamber in September 2014. “I love you all” should have been her last words.
“The Black Widow”
“The Black Widow from Gun Barrel City” – or Betty Lou Beets as she was actually called, was sentenced to death after two men were found buried in a flowerbed in her garden.
The men were no less than her fifth (and then) husband Jimmy Jon Beets, and her fourth, former, husband Doyle Wayne Baker. The men were found in 1985, after having been missing for several years.
Beets was convicted only for the murder of the then husband, but claimed until his death that the action took place in self-defense.
The murder of Baker, who was also found buried in the garden, she was never convicted of. She was also suspected of attempted murder of her second husband, which never resulted in a conviction.
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