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Pretty But Deadly
Olga Hepnarová
Olga Hepnarová
Czech woman Olga Hepnarová had a history of psychiatric issues, including a suicide attempt at the age of 13. The incident put her in a mental hospital for a year. As a young adult, Olga had trouble finding her place in society and couldn't hang on to a job.

On July 10, 1973, while working as a truck driver, Olga drove her truck into a crowd of people waiting for a tram on a busy Prague street. Eight people died, twelve others were injured. Prior to the attack, Olga had sent a letter to two local newspapers, expressing her discontent with the world. It read, "
...I am a loner. A destroyed man. A man destroyed by people... I have a choice - to kill myself or to kill others. I choose - TO REVENGE MY HATERS. It would be too easy to leave this world as an unknown suicide. The society is too indifferent, rightly so. My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová , the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty."
The newspapers did not receive the letter until two days after the incident.

Olga took full responsibility for her actions and showed no remorse. Throughout the proceedings against her, she maintained that her intention was to kill as many people as she could. In 1975, she was put to death by hanging. She was the last woman to be hanged in her country. The executioner told writer Bohumil Hrabal that Olga collapsed on the way to the gallows, fighting, vomiting and defecating as she was dragged. The veracity of this version of events is in dispute.
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