US to execute first woman in 70 years, Lisa Montgomery
Montgomery was convicted in 2004 of strangle a woman from Missouri, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, which was eight months pregnant. Killed her and removed the baby, who took kidnaped.
Montgomery met the victim, Stinnett, on a web chat called ‘Ratter Chatter’. Using the assumed name Darlene Fischer, Montgomery told Stinnett that she, too, was pregnant. The two women chatted and exchanged emails about their pregnancies. Montgomery then arranged a meeting at Stinnett’s house under the pretext of wanting to buy a terrier dog, since the victim was a breeder and seller of those pets.
Crime and arrest
On December 16, 2004, Montgomery strangled the eight-month-old pregnant woman with a pink cord at her home in Skidmore, Missouri, severed her belly, removed the fetus, and carefully cut the premature baby’s umbilical cord. Later he tried to pass the girl off as his own daughter.
Stinnett was discovered by her mother, Becky Harper, in a pool of blood just an hour after the assault. Harper immediately called 911, describing the injuries to his daughter as if “her stomach had exploded.” Attempts by paramedics to revive her were in vain and she was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri. In her hands she held a few strands of blond hair. Her mother explained that just an hour earlier she was telling her on the phone that she was expecting a visit from a Fairfaix woman when she hung up to greet her.
The next day, December 17, 2004, Montgomery was at her home when she was arrested. After the capture of Montgomery by the police, the creature kidnapped by Lisa was recovered. Victoria Jo Stinnett was returned to the care of her father, Zeb Stinnett, who had gone out to work when his wife was murdered.
On October 22, 2007, the jury found Montgomery guilty of murder and on October 26, the jury gave its verdict: death penalty, which was reflected in the court ruling against Montgomery.
The previous woman executed was Bonnie Brown Heady, convicted of kidnapping and murder and executed on December 18, 1953, according to the registry of the Bureau of Prisons. That same year she was executed in the electric chair Ethel Rosenberg, convicted along with her husband Julios for a crime of espionage for the Soviet Union.
The Executions at the federal level have resumed this year in the United States after 17 years no deaths of this kind. So far this year there have been seven executions.
Montgomery’s will be the eighth and Brandon Bernard’s the ninth. Bernard was convicted of murdering two religious men on a Texas military reservation in 1999. His execution by lethal injection is scheduled for December 10. This year the The federal government has executed seven people, while since 1960 only four had been executed.