Minnie Dean has the dubious honor of being the only woman to be legally hanged in New Zealand.
Christened Williamina Dean, she was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1847. She married and had two daughters. What happened to her daughters is unknown. In 1868 she emigrated to New Zealand and lived in Southland with an old woman she called Granny Kelly. [ReadOn]
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Megan Turner was eleven weeks old on January 11, 1980, when her mother rushed her to a hospital emergency ward in Christ-church, New Zealand. The child had inexplicably stopped breathing, Lise Turner said, and help arrived too late to save her life. Physicians could not specify a cause of death, and so they blamed the tragedy on SIDS--the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome that strikes certain newborns without warning or apparent cause. [ReadOn]