List of individuals executed in Utah

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This is a list of individuals executed in the U.S. state of Utah

Individuals executed in Utah[edit]

# Name Date of execution Method of execution Victim(s) Governor
Patsowits[1] and his brother[2] Spring 1850 garroting Patsowits killed an emigrant settler and his brother had made several death threats[2]
An emigrant[3] 1850 Beheading
1
2
Antelope and Long Hair[4] September 15, 1854 hanging Two sons of a Mormon bishop in Cedar Valley[4][5] Brigham Young
3 Thomas H. Ferguson[6] October 28, 1858[7] hanging Alexander Carpenter[8] Alfred Cumming
4 William Cockcroft[7] September 21, 1861 firing squad Robert Brown vacant
"Unknown Man"[9] 1862 firing squad Unknown person
5 Jason R. Luce[10] January 12, 1864 firing squad Samuel R. Bunton[11] James Duane Doty
6 Robert Sutton[12] October 10, 1866 firing squad Frederick White[8] Charles Durkee
7 Chauncy W. Millard[12] January 29, 1869 firing squad Harlem P. Swett[10] vacant
8 John Doyle Lee March 23, 1877 firing squad Mountain Meadows massacre George W. Emery
9 Wallace Wilkerson[13] May 16, 1879 firing squad (botched)[1] William Baxter
10 Frederick Hopt (a.k.a. Fred Welcome)[14] August 11, 1887 firing squad John Franklin Turner Caleb Walton West
11 Enoch Davis[15] September 14, 1894 firing squad Enoch's wife
An American Indian man[2] 1896 A white woman
12 Charles H. Thiede[16] August 7, 1896 hanging Thiede's wife Heber Manning Wells
13 Pat Coughlin[17] December 15, 1896 firing squad Deputy Sherriff Dawes and Constable Stagg
14 Peter Mortensen[18] November 20, 1903 firing squad James R. Hay[19]
15 Frank Rose[18] April 22, 1904 firing squad Rose's wife
16 J. J. Morris[9] April 30, 1912 hanging[5] Morris' wife[20] William Spry
17 Jules C. E. Szirmay (a.k.a. Jules Zirmay)[9] May 22, 1912 firing squad A school boy
18 Harry Thorne[21] September 26, 1912 firing squad A grocery clerk
19 Thomas Riley[9] October 24, 1912 firing squad A grocery clerk
20 Frank Romeo[21] February 20, 1913 firing squad Albert Jenkins[22]
21 Joe Hill November 19, 1915 firing squad John G. Morrison and his son Arlington
22 Howard DeWeese[23] May 24, 1918 firing squad His wife Simon Bamberger
23 John Borich[23] January 20, 1919 firing squad A woman for insurance money
24 Steve Maslich[9] January 20, 1922 firing squad A man in Salt Lake City Charles R. Mabey
25 Nick Oblizalo[9] June 9, 1922 firing squad A man in Salt Lake City
26 George H. Gardner[24] August 31, 1923 firing squad Joseph Irvine and a police officer
27 Omer R. Woods[25] January 18, 1924 firing squad Woods' invalid wife
28 Henry C. Hett (a.k.a. George Allen)[25] February 20, 1925 firing squad Police sergeant Pierce George Dern
29 Pedro Cano [26] May 19, 1925 firing squad A woman in Park City
30 Ralph W. Seyboldt[27] January 15, 1926 firing squad Patrolman David H Crowther
31 Edward McGowan [28] February 5, 1926 firing squad Bob Blevins (and raped his wife and daughters)[28][29]
32 Delbert Green[30] July 10, 1936 firing squad Green's foster father/uncle James Green, mother-in-law/aunt, and wife Henry H. Blood
33 John W. Deering[31] October 31, 1938 firing squad Oliver R. Meredith Jr.
34 Donald Lawton Condit[32] July 30, 1942 firing squad Harold A. Thorne Herbert B. Maw
35 Robert Walter Avery[33] February 5, 1943 firing squad Detective Hoyt L. Gates
36 Austin Cox Jr.[34] June 19, 1944 firing squad Judge Lewis V. Trueman (also killed two other men and two women)
37 James Joseph Roedl[35] July 13, 1945 firing squad Abigail Agnes Williams
38 Eliseo J. Mares Jr.[36] September 10, 1951 firing squad Jack D. Stallings J. Bracken Lee
39 Ray Dempsey Gardner[35] September 29, 1951 firing squad Shirley Jean Gretzinger
40 Don Jesse Neal[37] July 1, 1955 firing squad Sgt. Owen T. Farley
41
42
Verne Alfred Braasch and Melvin Leroy Sullivan[38] May 11, 1956 firing squad Howard Manzione[39]
43 Barton Kay Kirkham June 7, 1958 hanging (last in Utah) David Avon Frame (also killed Ruth Holmes Webster but was executed for murdering Frame) George Dewey Clyde
44 James W. Rodgers[40] March 30, 1960 firing squad[41] Charles Merrifield[42]
45 Gary Gilmore January 17, 1977 firing squad Ben Bushnell and Max David Jensen Scott M. Matheson
46 Dale Selby Pierre August 28, 1987 lethal injection Stanley Walker, Michelle Ansley, and Carol Naisbitt Norman Bangerter
47 Arthur Bishop June 10, 1988 lethal injection Alonzo Daniels, Kim Peterson, Danny Davis, Troy Ward, and Graeme Cunningham
48 William Andrews July 30, 1992 lethal injection Stanley Walker, Michelle Ansley, and Carol Naisbitt
49 John Albert Taylor January 27, 1996 firing squad Charla Nicole King Michael Leavitt
50 Joseph Mitchell Parsons October 15, 1999 lethal injection Richard Lynn Ernest
51 Ronnie Lee Gardner June 18, 2010 firing squad Michael Burdell (also killed Melvyn Otterstrom and wounded George "Nick" Kirk but was executed for murdering Burdell) Gary Herbert

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c The Unforgiven – 02 |
  3. ^ Utah History to Go
  4. ^ a b "Utah: Tales of the Firing Squad". Time. July 11, 1955. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Schindler, Hal (June 27, 1993). "Lengthy Gallows Soliloquoy [sic] Impedes Swift Justice". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ a b Schindler, Hal (August 27, 1995). "The Disappearance of John Baptiste Grave: Robber's Case Is 'A Lost Page of History'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Martz, Maxine (January 15, 1977). "Gilmore would be No. 45 on death list". Deseret News. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
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  9. ^ "Affairs in Utah: A Murder Theatricals and Lectures Mercantile". New York Times. May 16, 1879. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
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  12. ^ Elder; et al. (2010). Last Words of the Executed. p. 111. 
  13. ^ Wilson, R. Michael (2007). Frontier Justice in the Wild West: Bungled, Bizarre, and Fascinating Executions. Globe Pequot. p. 106. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  14. ^ Salt Lake Herald December 16, 1896 also .p.4; on July 30, 1895 he had killed Deputy Sheriff Edward N. Dawes of Unita County Wyoming [1] and Constable Thomas Stagg of Echo County Utah [2] See also: [3] find a grave entry
  15. ^ a b Elder; et al. (2010). Last Words of the Executed. p. 112. 
  16. ^ "Peter Mortensen Must Die— Prisoner Stunned By News". Deseret News. August 13, 1903. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
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