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Elizabeth Potts - Only Woman Legally Executed in the State of Nevada

The tale of the only woman ever legally executed in the state of Nevada is one of lust and deceit. For reasons unknown, Elizabeth Potts left her marriage. She left her husband, Josiah, 7 children and the entire state of Nevada and travelled to California where she met and married another man, Miles Faucett, a carpenter. Mr. Faucett learned that his wife was in fact already married and annulled the marriage. This where is gets weird and history has faded the details a bit. Elizabeth goes home to her husband and family and Mr. Faucett follows. He not only follows but he becomes a boarder in the Potts home. Is the weird over? Not quite yet. Mr. Faucett buys a local ranch and moves out but still continues to visit the Potts on the regular. Elizabeth provides him with bread and laundry services, unusual, to say the least. Finally, somebody starts to make some sense in 1888 when Mr. Faucett tells a friend of his plans to visit the Potts that night to retrieve some money they owe

Twenty-Two Year Old Murdering Prostitute? Or Innocent Bystander in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time?

An interesting case is developing in Molino, Florida. Twenty-two year old mother of two, Debra Burge, has been arrested for the robbery and murder of  Harvey Ray Smith,42.  The two knew each other through a mutual aquaintance and had a flirty kind of banter between them. Debra conspired with her friend and lover,  Zachary Vance Greer, 22. The plan was to lure SMith to Debras house where Greer would rob him. Debra says that she opened her front door to find Greer had stabbed Smith to death as he walked up her driveway after having given the couple a ride to the store. After the murder, Zachary put Smiths body into the trunk of his car. ebra loaded her two children into the car, drove it to Motel6 and registered. She and the kids spent the night and got up the morning, leaving the car and the body inside.  Zachary has only recently been arrested and no statements have been made public. He may have a completly different story.

The Long, Arduous Journey of Debra Milke

One of the most harrowing miscarriages of justice is the case of Debra Milke. After 23 years, her death row conviction was overturned due to misconduct by lead case detective Armando Saldate, Jr., Misconduct, by the way, that was pointed out time and time again since day one of the investigation. Debra was a single mom raising her son with the help of a male roommate, Jim Styers, who had been an acquaintance of her sister. Styers took four year old Christopher Milke to the local mall while Debra did laundry. He called her some time later and told her Christopher had disappeared and mall security had been alerted. What actually happened was that Styers hatched a plan with a friend, Roger Scott, to kill the boy. After an unsuccessful search, Roger Scott was eventually arrested and implicated Styers. The boy was found in the Arizona desert face down with three bullets in his tiny head. Debra voluntarily went to the police station during the interrogation of the two men. All po