It's been far too long since I've updated this blog, an issue I seek to rectify starting now. A lot has happened during the year hiatus from HorrorHistory.Net, including laying the groundwork to start a zine and an adult activity book, and creating a Patreon page. For behind the scenes info on the page (including… Continue reading Thank You Patrons!
January 5, 1977 Hull, East Yorkshire, England A fire overtakes a nursing home, killing 11 and injuring 19 The fire at the Wensley Lodge claimed the lives of 11, the victims’ ages ranged from 65-95 years old with the majority being over 80. Initially, the fire was ruled accidental, though it was later revealed to… Continue reading Serial arsonist lights fire at nursing home, claims lives of 11
January 4, 2009 Luoyang, Suizhou City, Hubei Province, China Xiong Zhenlin (35, pictured) kills 8 people over 15 hours, reportedly due to romantic and financial difficulties Xiong had divorced his wife a few months prior to the murders, in September 2008. He became distraught and hoped to either reunite with his ex-wife or marry his… Continue reading Man “anguished deeply in heart” kills 8 including his lover and her toddler grandson
January 2, 1953 London, England John James Alcott (22) is hanged for murder Alcott had nearly been executed a few years before his hanging. In 1949, at the age of 17, Alcott was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He claimed he was traveling with another man when the pair came across a lodging… Continue reading Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder
January 1, 1926 Huntsville, Texas Melton Carr is executed for rape Carr and another man, Elbert Kitchens, had been arrested for “criminal assault” (rape). The victim was Elbert’s wife Fannie Kitchens, and Elbert hired Carr to commit the crime for reasons the press did not divulge or speculate upon. Initially, both Carr and Elbert were… Continue reading Man executed for rape “15 minutes after the arrival of the new year”