Hans Schmidt

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Hans Schmidt
Father Hans Schmidt.jpg
DiedFebruary 18, 1916 (aged 34/35)
Cause of deathExecution by electric chair
Resting placeSing Sing Prison Cemetery, Ossining, New York, U.S.
Criminal chargeMurder

Hans B. Schmidt (1881[1] – February 18, 1916) was a German Roman Catholic priest. He was convicted of murder and he was the only priest to be executed in the United States.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Hans Schmidt was born in the Bavarian city of Aschaffenburg[1][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gado, Mark. 2006. Killer Priest: The Crimes, Trials, and Execution of Father Hans Schmidt. Westport, CT: Greenwood, p. 5.
  2. "Meet Hans Schmidt: The Only Priest In History To Be Sentenced To Death | Go Ministry". www.goministry.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. "Approached a Physician with His Plan to Get Insurance, Faurot Discovers". New York Times. September 23, 1913. Retrieved 2010-01-10. Hans Schmidt, the suspended Catholic priest who murdered Anna Aumuller and attempted to make counterfeit money, intended to commit a series of murders for the purpose of defrauding life insurance companies, according to Inspector Faurot.