Victor Harry Feguer

Victor Harry Feguer

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 15 Mar 1963 (aged 27–28)
Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Plot Buried in an unmarked grave.
Memorial ID 8459613 · View Source
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Victor Feguer was the last Federal inmate before Timothy McVeigh to be executed. He was also the last person in the state of Iowa to be put to death.

A drifter, he came to Dubuque, Iowa in the summer of 1960. On July 11th, he called Dr. Edward Bartels - whom it's belived was selected at random by Feguer from the phone book. He told the doctor that a woman he was with needed medical attention. When the doctor came, Feguer kidnapped and later murdered Bartels - a 34 year old father - in Illinois with a single gunshot wound to the head. Several days later, Feguer was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama after attempting to sell the doctor's car.

Because Feguer crossed state lines, his acts were considered Federal crimes. He was tried and convicted in Federal court, and sentenced to hang. President Kennedy was the only person who could've commuted the sentence. Iowa Governor Harold Hughes approached Kennedy to ask him to commute Feguer's sentence, but Kennedy refused on the grounds that the crime was so brutal that it merited the death penalty.

He was brought back to Iowa on March 5, 1963, and placed in the death row at the state's maximum security prison at Fort Madison, Iowa. This was done because the Leavenworth Federal prison was not set up for executions at the time. On March 15, 1963 after an all night vigil with a Catholic Priest, Victor Feguer was lead to the gallows early in the morning, and was hanged at dawn.

The death certificate listed "fracture cervical spinal column" as the cause of death. Feguer was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Madison.


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  • Created by: Jesse
  • Added: 1 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8459613
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Victor Harry Feguer (1935–15 Mar 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8459613, citing Fort Madison City Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jesse (contributor 46534043) .