Man hacks mother to save her soul

January 5, 2005 Fountain Valley, California William Jesus Marrufo hacks his mother to death with 2 meat cleavers and a boning knife because he believed she was possessed by Satan According to Marrufo's father, the family had noticed he was mentally ill for some time and tried to get him help, which he refused. When…

FLW: no longer fit in these times 

Famous Last Words  Calvin Coolidge  Northampton, Massachusetts  January 5, 1933 "I feel I no longer fit in with these times." Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, was known for speaking little and having a dry sense of humor. So much so that when word of his death circulated, writer and wisecracker Dorothy Parker,…

Boy’s eye shot out during play battle 

January 5, 1917 Bingham, Utah Several youths, armed with real guns, played out a war until one boy was shot in the eye. He was operated on without anesthesia and reportedly did not flinch. The "war" was brought to an end when the mayor learned of the battle, spanked several of the boys, and destroyed…

Man executed for the sexual abuse and murders of 3 children 

January 5, 1993 Walla Walla, Washington  Westley Allan Dodd is hanged for the molestation and murders of 3 children Dodd had previous molested approximately 30 children when he decided to advance to murder. His first intended target was an 8-year-old who was able to escape Dodd and report him to police. Dodd, despite his criminal…