Has anyone been executed in the United States for a crime that did not involve murder?
I'm referring to documented state-sponsored executions, and not about if the alleged person actually commited the crime, but only the nature of the crime they are accused of. I'm guessing there have been a few executions for treason? But I am not sure if there are other crimes other than murder that can receive the death penalty? Perhaps some stuff with slaves in the south?
- TheSicilianSageLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
Ronald Wolfe was the last person executed in the United States for non-homicidal rape, and second-to-last put to death for crime other than murder (the last was James Coburn, electrocuted in Alabama the same year for robbery). He was also second-to-last person executed in Missouri before the U.S. moratorium on capital punishment. ... Wolfe, a 34-year-old man, was put to death in Missouri's gas chamber on May 8, 1964. He was convicted of brutal attack of an 8-year-old girl on October 18, 1959 near Troy, Missouri, just 3 days after his release from the federal penitentiary in Georgia. Wolfe's case drew nationwide attention due to United States Supreme Court ruling in Kennedy v. Louisiana, which banned death penalty for child rape, and was directly cited in court opinions.
- caspian88Lv 75 years ago
Yes, but not for decades.
There used to be many crimes that could result in execution. However, I believe the Supreme Court has invalidated the use of the death penalty for any crime except treason or a crime involving murder.
- Susan SLv 75 years ago
Yes. Take a look at http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/death-penalty-offe...
Take a look at the Texas Law of Parties.
- Guru HankLv 75 years ago
Yes, the Jewish communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage. They passed information about nuclear weapons to Stalin.
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- LomaxLv 75 years ago
A fair few executions took place during the Civil War (both sides) for spying for the enemy, or dereliction of duty.
It was said of Stonewall Jackson, for example that, "He would have a man shot at the drop of a hat - and he would drop the hat himself."
- 5 years ago
Yes, one example would be people who were caught giving information to an enemy during war. One couple that did this was Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
- Gone fishin'Lv 45 years ago
Back in the 1800s horse theft was punishable by hanging
- kLv 65 years ago
- CarlLv 45 years ago
a guy named lee harvey...although that did involve murder...just he wasnt THE murderer