The Zodiac Killer sends a Halloween card

October 27, 1970 San Francisco, California The Zodiac sends a Halloween card to the Chronicle's Paul Avery The card contains 2 references to the number of victims the Zodiac had claimed to have accumulated at that time, the number 14 on one skeleton's hand and 4-teen above the other's head. In addition, a cross made…

Man murders young girl in oven during exorcism

October 27, 1984 Auburn, Maine John Lane, allegedly under the impression his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter was a demon, locks her in an oven and burns her to death Lane claimed that he believed Angela Palmer was a demon, that she changed color and appearance, and called herself Lucifer. Lane also claimed he believed Angela's mother…

The Boston Martyrs are executed

October 27, 1659 Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson are hanged for being Quakers, a violation of a religious banishment sentenced upon them Stevenson and Robinson were two of three of the Boston Martyrs; the third, Mary Dyer was executed by hanging on June 1, 1660. Stevenson's Last Words were "This day…