December 11th, 2011 Headsman
On this date in 1970, Japanese serial killer Akira Nishiguchi was hanged for murder.
He was arrested repeatedly (Japanese link) as a con man during the 1950s. Police had him pegged as a nonviolent serial fraud artist, but in 1963 he killed two drivers to steal from them, then went on the run in Tokyo.
For 78 terrifying days, his face — those fraud convictions came with fingerprints that identified him as the killer — gazed out of wanted posters as Nishiguchi scraped by in cheap hotels and desperate disguises, committing three more murders in the process. Finally, an 11-year-old girl recognized him, posing as a lawyer.
On this day..
- 1981: El Mozote Massacre - 2016
- 1812: John Rickey but not Benjamin Jackson - 2015
- 1895: Harry Hayward, the Minneapolis Svengali - 2014
- 1876: Basilio Bondietto - 2013
- 1861: Christopher Haun, potter and incendiarist - 2012
- 2006: Two Egyptians who just wanted to watch the game - 2010
- 1831: Gen. Jose Maria Torrijos y Uriarte and his liberal followers - 2009
- 1917: Thirteen black soldiers of the 24th U.S. Infantry Regiment - 2008
- 1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin - 2007