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Fr Hans B. Schmidt
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Birth: 1881, Germany
Death: Feb. 18, 1916
Ossining
Westchester County
New York, USA

Father Hans B. Schmidt was a Roman Catholic Priest, the only one to receive the death penalty in the United States.

Born in Germany and ordained there at the Seminary of Mainz in 1904, Schmidt was sent to the United States in 1908, where he was assigned to St. John's Parish in Louisville, Kentucky. There, a rift with another priest resulted in Schmidt's transfer to St. Boniface Church in New York City.

While serving in New York, Schmidt met Anna Aumüller, the attractive housekeeper for the rectory who had recently emigrated from Austria. Despite his subsequent transfer to a church in a distant area of the city, Father Schmidt and Anna continued a secret sexual relationship. It was later revealed that they were married in a secret ceremony of dubious legality, which Father Schmidt performed himself. However, after discovering that Anna was pregnant, Father Schmidt slashed her throat on the night of September 2, 1913, dismembered the body, and threw the pieces into the Hudson River.

Once the body was discovered, a police investigation led to Father Schmidt and he was arrested and charged with the murder. A media circus spectacle ensued, comparable to those caused by the Scott Peterson and Mark Hacking cases of a later era, as the New York papers competed against each other with an ever greater degree of sensationalism regarding the case. After feigning insanity during his first trial, which ended with a hung jury, Father Schmidt was eventually convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair. On February 18, 1916, Father Schmidt was executed at Sing Sing Prison. He remains the only priest ever executed for murder in the United States. 
 
Burial:
Sing-Sing Prison Cemetery
Ossining
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Sep 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77222122
Fr Hans B. Schmidt
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Fr Hans B. Schmidt
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Nonetheless, "Tu es sacerdos in aeternam." So, let us say "Kyrie eleison!" I pray you find rest.
- Brad
 Added: Jan. 18, 2016

- sniksnak
 Added: Dec. 27, 2012
So sad, to have betrayed both your vocation and (more significantly) your profession of faith! Still, as in the words of that great servant of God, John Newton: "'I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be ... Although my memory's fading, I r...(Read more)
- Soon And Very Soon
 Added: Apr. 10, 2012
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