From public hanging to lethal injection, execution is not something you are meant to survive.
But sometimes, people do.
Today, we will be counting down 6 people that survived their execution.
Wenseslao Moguel was captured on March 18th 1915 and charged with
fighting in the Mexican Revolution. Given no trial, Wenseslao was
sentenced to death by firing squad. After recieving 8 shots to his body,
an officer approached him and fired one last shot into his head at close range
to ensure his death. Feigning death untill his executioners left, Wenseslao
then made his escape going on to live a full life even making an appearence
on the Ripley's Believe it or not radio show in 1937.
Anne Green was a 22 year old woman from England who after becoming pregnant my her
employers grandson, gave birth to a premature baby boy who died soon after.
Following a failed attempt to hide the body, Green was charged with murder and
sentenced to death by hanging. After climbing a ladder to the gallows, the rope
was placed around her neck and she was pushed off to hang. About half an hour later,
Green was cut down and placed in a coffin. Upon opening the coffin for disection, it was
reveiled that Green was breathing and making sounds. Treatments of hot fluids and
bloodletting were given and 12 hours later, Green was able to speak. After her miraculous
recovery, she went on to marry, have three children and live another 15 years.
At age 16 Willie Frances was charged with murder in 1945 for the killing of a
drugstore owner in Louisiana. Despite two written confessions, Francis pleaded not guilty.
With no defense from his attorneys. Frances was convicted and sentensed to death in the
electric chair. On May 3rd 1946, as the electricity passed through his body,
Frances began screaming, Take it off, let me breathe! Though Frances survived his
initial execution, his appeals to the supreme court were rejected and he was executed
on May 9th 1947.
Maggie Dickson lived in Scotland in the early 18th century. Similar to Anne Green, Dickson
became pregnant by her employers son. Concealing the pregnancy for fear of dimisssal from
her duties, in 1724, she gave birth prematurly and the child died a few days later. After leaving
the baby on a riverbank, it was found later that day and traced back to Dickson. Charged under
the contravention of the concealment of pregnancy, she was sentenced to public hanging. After
the hanging, Dickson was pronuonced dead and her body was sent to be buried. During transportation
however, Dickson began beating on the inside on the coffin. Upon opening the coffin, Dickson
was found alive. Viewing it as Gods will that she live, the law set her free.
Dickson went on to live for another 40 years.
Joseph Samuel was born in England but transported to Australia after committing robbery in 1801.
After becoming involved with a gang, they robbed the home of a wealthy woman killing a police
officer in the process. Upon capture, Joseph admitted to the robbery but denied any involvement in
the murder. However, he was charged with the murder and sentenced to public hanging in 1803. After
praying, the cart on which he stood drove off. His fall caused the rope to snap. upon the second attempt,
the rope slipped causing his feet to touch the ground. As he dropped for the third time, the
rope snapped again. After informing the governor of what had happened, it was believed to be a sign
from God that Joseph not be hanged. His sentence was then commuted to life in prison.
In 1984 Romell Broom was convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of 14 year old Tryna Middleton in Ohio.
Broom was sentenced to death for the crimes and sent to death row to await execution.
On September 15th 2009, Broom was taken to carry out the sentence of lethal injection, however,
after over two hours of failed attempts to find a suitable vein to place an IV for the injection, the execution
was called off. He was then given a stay of execution of one week with further stays to follow while
the courts determin whether or not a second attempt is constitutional. Broom is currently awaiting the
outcome of an appeal.