List of individuals executed in Michigan

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Source: "ESPYstate.pdf-pages 166–167" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-09-10. (1.67 MB)

Before U.S. jurisdiction[edit]

Name Date of execution Crime Method Race
French jurisdiction
Folle-Avoine November 29, 1683 Murder Shot Native American
Unknown November 29, 1683 Murder Shot Native American
Pierre Berge (or Boucher) dit La Tulipe November 26, 1705 Assault Hanging (in Montreal)[1] White
Bartellemy Pichon dit La Roze November 7, 1707 Desertion Hanging[2] White
British jurisdiction
Unknown female slave (whose owner's name was Clapham) April 1763 Murder Hanging Native American
Michael Dué late 1760s Murder Hanging[3] White
Joseph Hecker December 1775 Murder Hanging[4] White
Jean Baptiste Contincineau March 26, 1777 Burglary Hanging[5] White
Ann Wyley March 26, 1777 Burglary Hanging[5] Black

Under U.S. jurisdiction (territorial)[edit]

Name Date of execution Crime Method Race
Buhnah 1819 Murder Unknown method Native American
Ketauka December 27, 1821 Murder Hanging[6] Native American
Kewaubis December 27, 1821 Murder Hanging[6] Native American
James Brown February 1, 1830 Murder Hanging White
Stephen Simmons[7][8] September 24, 1830 Murder Hanging[9] White
Wau-Bau-Ne-Me-Mee July 1836 Murder Hanging Native American

After statehood (federal)[edit]

Name Date of execution Crime Method Race
Anthony Chebatoris July 8, 1938 Murder Hanging White

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See Burton p. 164; Tulipe was a drummer in the company of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac who assaulted a 12-year-old girl. He was convicted and executed in Quebec.
  2. ^ See Burton pp. 164–165
  3. ^ See Burton p. 142; Dué was arrested for murdering a man in Detroit and was tried, convicted and executed in Montreal.
  4. ^ See Caitlin p. 68. Burton p. 194 mentions the execution of a person named "Ellers" in December 1775.
  5. ^ a b See Burton pp. 193–195 for an account of Contincineau's trial. The presiding judge Philip Dejean was subsequently indicted for the murder of Contincineau. According to the account in Burton, Contincineau's accomplice, the slave woman Ann Wyley, was freed by Dejean on the condition that she act as executioner on Contincineau. Caitlin p. 68 notes that Dejean later went back on his offer and had Wiley hanged.
  6. ^ a b See Caitlin p. 262 for a description of the execution of Ketauka and Kewaubis
  7. ^ David G. Chardavoyne>A Hanging in Detroit: Stephen Gifford Simmons and the Last Execution Under Michigan Law
  8. ^ Robert M. Bohm Deathquest: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Capital Punishment 2011 1437734936 Page 9 "Two of the latter three executed were Native Americans, and both were executed in 1821. The other, Stephen Simmons, was executed in 1830, 7 years before Michigan gained statehood. Simmons in a drunken rage killed his wife in Detroit."
  9. ^ For a detailed account of Simmons' execution, see Caitlin "Michigan's Last Infliction of Capital Punishment" pp. 289–293