One of the first, but not the first person executed in the colonies was a teenager who committed the crime of buggery. Now, for those who are not sure what buggery is we can inform you that the crime is more commonly known today as bestiality, although it isn’t exactly a crime in all states. In fact, it can even deliver some amusing penalties for the convicted, just like this one. Enough of that for now. How about we get a little more into this most unusual of executions.
While many sources incorrectly attribute the first person executed in the colonies as being this pervert, a young man by the name of Thomas Graunger, it’s not actually the case. The first person to face the doom of the executioner was John Billington, an Englishman who was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact. Billington was executed in September 1630 for murder. It was another twelve years before the execution of Granger for one of the most disgusting things a person can do.