Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

October 20, 1931 Chester, Illinois Merle (alt. spelling: Merley, Murley) Johnson is executed for the murders of his live-in girlfriend and her two sons On May 20, 1931, Johnson (25) shot Carrie Bowers (38) before he strangled her sons, Joseph (6) and Delmar (19 months). The boys were also bludgeoned with a car crank and… Continue reading Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: October 20

Birthdays: Classic monster movie icon Bela Lugosi (October 20, 1882 - August 16, 1956), who starred in The Thirteenth Chair (1929), Dracula (1931), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), White Zombie (1932), Island of Lost Souls (1932), The Whispering Shadow (1933), Night of Terror (1933), The Black Cat (1934), Mark of the Vampire (1935), The… Continue reading Today in Horror History: October 20

New Hampshire · Newspaper clippings

Man kills estranged wife, 3 young children in jealous rage

October 19, 1991 Concord, New Hampshire James Colbert strangles his estranged wife and smothers their three young daughters Colbert and his wife, Mary Jayne Jenovese, had married three years before the murders, though their marriage became strained almost immediately. In August of 1991, Jenovese reported Colbert had cut her with a razor blade. Colbert allegedly… Continue reading Man kills estranged wife, 3 young children in jealous rage

Female Killers · Wales

Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

October 19, 2012 Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales Melanie Smith sets fire to a pushchair, killing two adults and three children Smith and partners Liam Timbrell and Lee-Anna Shiers had had a tenuous neighborly relationship. Smith had become angry at a pushchair (stroller) frequently being left outside her flat in the building’s communal hallway, as well as… Continue reading Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: October 19

Birthdays: Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 - May 12, 1971), who starred in Ghost Catchers (1944), The Canterville Ghost (1944), Bride of the Monster (1955), The Black Sheep (1956), The Unearthly (1957), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Night of the Ghouls (1959), and The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961). Johnson (right) with Maila “Vampira”… Continue reading Today in Horror History: October 19