Capital Punishment (Death Penalty)


Did you know that. . .
1608 - Captain George Kendall becomes the first recorded execution in the new colonies.

1632 - Jane Champion becomes the first woman executed in the new colonies. 

1767 - Cesare Beccaria's essay, On Crimes and Punishment, theorizes that there is no justification for the state to take a life. 

for more Death Penalty history click here . . .


2 Murder Cases

Scott Peterson

Research this case. Become a detective and find out who, what, where, when, and why.



Hear ye, hear ye! - Read all about it!!

March 16, 2005  - Peterson Judge Sentences him to death  get the details here . . .


Robert Blake

Actor Robert Blake stands accused of murder--and of giving a bad performance.


The Case in Brief - in memory of Laci and Conner Peterson. Owned and operated by the family and friends of Laci Peterson.

Robert Blake Arrested in Wife's Murder 

The 68-year-old actor was arraigned Monday (April 22, 2002) on one count of murder with special circumstances, two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of murder conspiracy 

According to the murder charge, Blake "intentionally killed the victim by means of lying in wait" -- a special circumstance that prosecutors can use to seek the death penalty.   Robert Blake: Murder Indictment Coverage


Laci Peterson, a 27-year-old wife who was eight months pregnant, disappeared Christmas Eve, prompting a nationwide search. But when the body of the Modesto, Calif., woman and her unborn child were found four months later, her husband, Scott, was charged with two counts of murder. Scott Peterson Trial - features links pertaining to the Laci Peterson murder case