FREDERICK CHARLES WOOD Wood was sentenced to death for the murder of five people in 1963. He requested death by electrocution, and was heard telling e

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ROBERT ALTON HARRIS Harris and his brother kidnapped and shot two teenage boys, stole their car, and used it to rob a bank. In 1992, seconds before he

JEAN COCTEAU Cocteau was a prolific poet, novelist, and playwright. Edith Piaf was his closest friend. When Piaf died in 1983 and the news travelled t

ROBERT CHARLES COMER Comer persuaded a young couple at a campsite that he was a drug enforcement agent. He then assaulted them, raped the woman, and k

JANE AUSTEN Austen spent her last days in Winchester, and although her body was decaying for reasons that remain shrouded in mystery to this day, she

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RICHARD FEYNMAN Feynman was an important physicist who was known for being great at explaining difficult concepts, making science cool, and playing th

GEORGE APPEL George Appel was convicted in 1928 for murdering a police officer in New York City. He was sentenced to be executed in the electric chair

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