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Hi all,

I thought I'd restart this thread to note the anniversaries of the crimes of 50, 100, 150 and so on years ago. The first entries, now deleted, were about Peter Manuel and Charles Starkweather from 50 years ago (January of 1958). I'll be adding more soon if others don't beat me to it.
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Fifty years ago, March 24 of 1958, Terence Cooney stabbed Alan Johnson to death in an Essex County (UK) dance hall. It was over nothing but a turf dispute. Cooney got a life term. Does anyone know he's still alive and inside? He was born in 1939.
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Ooops! I meant February 24 not March - Sorry.
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50 years ago on March 13 of 1958, Juanita Archerd dies in a Las Vegas hospital of what appears to be hypoglycemia. It is suspected that her husband, William, murdered Juanita, two other wives, two acquaintances and a nephew from 1947-1966 with overdose insulin injections. He was convicted of killing three of those and sent to prison.
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100 years ago, on March 30 of 1908, former dress factory foreman and child preacher, Chester Gillette is executed in a New York electric chair. He'd been convicted of murdering Grace Brown, a former lover.
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Hi Stan,

I really find it hard to sympathize with Gillette - his loss was no American tragedy.

Actually I read a book on the case - there is a slim chance that Gillette did not kill Grace, but that she rocked the boat and fell into the lake. There is an even slimmer chance that Mary Kelly committed suicide and hid it for religious reasons.

Nothing remarkable to report.

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Fifty years ago, March 24 of 1958, Terence Cooney stabbed Alan Johnson to death in an Essex County (UK) dance hall. It was over nothing but a turf dispute. Cooney got a life term. Does anyone know he's still alive and inside? He was born in 1939.

As the Uk still had the death penalty at the time, why didn't Cooney hang?
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Hi,

Limehouse-I have one brief account of the case and I can't find any record of him hanging. If someone knows more, I'd like to hear for sure and if not why not.

Jeff-My feeling is that Gillette was guilty so he gets no sympathy from me.
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Hi Limehouse
If you go to
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=J...RtSpMXxo&hl=en
this has a detailed account of the Cooney case.
This states that the reason Cooney didnt hang is because the victim was not a police officer and the weapon used was not a firearm.
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Thanks Chris,

To me, a stabbing seems more vicious than a shooting.

Do you know if Cooney is alive and free now?
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