Last female to be executed in US was sick killer who abducted child with her boyfriend

The US has scheduled its first federal execution of a female since 1953.

Lisa Montgomery, who murdered a pregnant woman, carved out her unborn baby and kidnapped her, will be put to death on December 8.

Other women have been executives in the US in the past few years, but not under the federal death penalty.

That punishment applies to all US states and territories but is used very rarely.

The last time a female was executed by a federal court was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri.

Heady and her boyfriend Carl Hall kidnapped Bobby Greenlease Jr from the grounds of a school in Kansas on September 28 1953.



Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady
Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady were arrested in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1953

Bobby was attending Notre Dame de Sion, a Catholic pre-school.

She told a nun, Sister Morand, she was six-year-old Bobby’s aunt, and that his mother had suffered a heart attack that morning.

Bobby was the son of multimillionaire car dealer Robert Cosgrove Greenlease Sr.

When another Sister from the school rang to inquire about Mrs Greenlease’s condition, she discovered the truth, and her husband contacted the FBI.



Bonnie Heady
Bonnie Heady was executed in 1953 in a gas chamber

It led to the largest ransom payment in American history at the time.

But Bonnie and her boyfriend had no intention of handing Bobby back to his family.

Before the random demand was even issued, they had murdered him.



Bonnie Heady and Carl Hall
Bonnie Heady and Carl Hall were both sent to the gas chamber

The couple took Bobby across the state line to Johnson County Kansas, where Hall shot him with a revolver.

After the murder, they sent Bobby’s father a message demanding a ransom of $600,000 (£464k).

Greenlease held off the police and FBI and paid the money.

The pair fled to St Louis, where Hall ditched Heady and took most of the ransom with him.

Hall didn’t lie low, he took up residence in an expensive hotel and was later arrested.

Heady was sentenced to death and executed on December 18, 1953.

The judge who sentenced Heady and Hall called it the “most cold-blooded, brutal murder” he’d ever tried.

They were executed side-by-side in a gas chamber.

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