Heartbreaking: 10 Innocent People Executed for the Crimes they never committed


Vicckky
Aug 20, 2020 1:53 PM

. We humans made law for justice. But how possibly our justice system could be perfect if we humans are not perfect. There are number of cases where our law sentenced or executed innocent people. Following are the 10 cases innocent people executed for the crime they never did. The list is in no particular order.
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10. Teng Xingshan

Innocent People Executed

In 1989, Teng Xingshan was taken as guilty of





raped, robbed and murdered a woman, Shi




Xiaorong. She was a local woman who





eventually disappeared and a man found her





dismembered body. Police confirmed her as







Shi Xiaorong, and accused Teng Xingshan of






the crime. He had been executed on 28




January 1989 by Huaihua Intermediate






People’s court. But in 1993, Shi Xiaorong






returned back to the village claimed Shandong






kidnapped her.



9. Perry Family







In 1660, William Harrison disappeared from






his





village Charingworth, in Gloucestershire.





Police






found his clothes teared and in blood on the




side of the local road. When policed asked,




William’s servant, John Perry, he suspected his



mother and brother may have killed Willaim for




money. Without further investigation, Perry,




with his mother and brother, executed for the





crime. Two years later, William came back




claimed he had been kidnapped and sold into




the slavery in the Ottoman Empire. Reference.



8. Derek Bentley

Innocent People Executed

Derek was an English man who was mentally





challenged. On November 2, 1952, police tried






to bust him with his sixteen-year-old friend,





Christopher Craig, while attempting to burgle





the warehouse of the Barlow & Parker





confectionery. Christopher had a gun which he





used to fire at a policeman and killed him





despite of Bentley surrenders request. Derek




Bentley had been executed for killing a




policeman, but not Christopher, since he was a




minor at that time. 




7. Colin Campbell Ross


10 Innocent People Executed

On 30th December 1921, a twelve-year-old girl,






Alma, went to a butcher’s shop to collect a






package of meat but never returned. After







search, police found her body naked in Gun






Alley. Media hype this incident too much which





pressurized police to make an arrest. Police





suspect a wine-bar owner, Colin Campbell






Ross, who later interrogated in detail by police.







Though, Colin nominated several witness who





can confirm that he had not left his premises






on murder’s afternoon, but police ignored






everything and arrested him on 12 January






1922. After trial, Ross was executed on 24th






April 1922. Later old evidences re-examined






with modern forensic techniques, and Ross






found innocent.



6. Timothy Cole


10 Innocent People Executed

In 1985, Timothy Cole was sentenced for 25





years in prison for the rape of Texas Tech






student Michele Mallin. She mistakenly






identified Timothy as her rapist. Though






Michele told police that her rapist smoked





during rape, police ignored this statement





despite of knowing that Timothy never





smoked





because he had severe asthma. In 1995, the





real culprit Jerry Wayne confessed to the rape.






After DNA test, Timothy exonerated on





February 6, 2009, however he had already died






on December 2, 1999 in prison from an





asthma





attack.




5. Gary Graham(a.k.a. Shaka Sankofa)


10 Innocent People Executed

In 1981, Shaka Sankofa, who was only 18 at






the time of crime, was charged of robbery and





murder of fifty-three-year-old Bobby Grant





Lambert. He was convicted based on one






witness who saw him for few seconds from a






distance, whereas, police ignored others






witnesses who saw the murderer in close and





said Shaka is not that man. He was executed




on June 22, 2000. From his arrest to the day of




his execution, he kept saying that he was





innocent.



4. Timothy John Evans


Timothy Evans family

Timothy was charged for the murder of his






wife





and daughter at their home in Notting Hill,






London. Timothy was convicted on weak





evidences while he continuously said that the





real culprit is his neighbor, John Christie. After





Evans execution, Christie was found to be a





serial killer who murdered several women




including Timothy’s wife and his own wife.




3. Mahmood Hussein Mattan


10 Innocent People Executed

On 6 March 1952, a 42-year-old woman, Lily





Volpert, brutally murdered outside her shop by






cutting her throat with a razor. After






investigation, police arrested Mattan as a






suspect who was a Somali merchant seaman.






For the prosecution, police forward Harold





Cover as the main witness in the case.





However, police ignored other witnesses who





confirmed that the man at the scene of crime





was not Mattan and never took them to the






court. He was executed by hanging on 3





September 1952.




2. Joe Arridy


10 Innocent People Executed

Joe Arridy was arrested and executed for the





rape and murder of a schoolgirl in his




hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. Sheriff in




charge, George Carroll, caught him by way of a






train claimed that he accepted his crime. Joe





had intellectual disabilities with an IQ score in






the 40s. Police had no hard evidence against






him, however, he had been executed primarily





on his own confession. Three state




psychiatrists agreed that Joe was “incapable




of






distinguish between right and wrong, and





therefore, would be unable to perform any





action with a criminal intent.” According to




prison Warden, Roy Best, Joe Arridy was the





happiest person on death row as he didn’t





realized the meaning of execution.




1. David Spence


10 Innocent People Executed

In 1982, David was charged of murdering three





teenagers. It was presumed that David had




been hired by a store owner, Muneer Deeb(the





actual culprit), who then raped and murdered





two 17-year-old girls and one 18-year-old boy



in



Waco, Texas. He had been executed by lethal




injection on April 14, 1997. The police



lieutenant, Marvin Horton, and homicide



detective, Ramon Salinas, later accept that the



witnesses was faked. There was no evidence



against David Spence. He was innocent.

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