California

Girl raped, arms severed, and thrown from cliff survives

September 29, 1978 Berkeley, California Lawrence Singleton picks up 15-year-old Mary Vincent as she hitchhikes, raped her, cuts off her forearms with a hatchet, and throws her from a 30 foot cliff Vincent was able to pull herself, naked, to safety and survived her attack. By the time Singleton was on trial, Vincent had prosthetic… Continue reading Girl raped, arms severed, and thrown from cliff survives

Female Killers · Maryland · Newspaper clippings

Woman examined by psychologists after killing mother-in-law with hatchet

September 29, 1935 Chestertown, Maryland A woman who murdered her mother in-law with a hatchet meets with alienists (an archaic term for psychologists) to determine her level of sanity. During her subsequent trial, she claimed she didn't remember murdering the elderly woman. She stated she grabbed a hammer to fix a towel rack in the… Continue reading Woman examined by psychologists after killing mother-in-law with hatchet

Executions · Famous Last Words · Utah

FLW: a worthless life

Famous Last Words Ray Dempsey Gardner September 29, 1951 Ogden, Utah "I'm ready to go. No one will miss me. My life has been worthless." Gardner had hired a 17-year-old Shirley Gretzinger under the pretense of babysitting. The next day, on July 21, 1949, her battered and mutilated body was discovered discarded in a forested… Continue reading FLW: a worthless life