Executions · Pennsylvania · Serial Killers

The execution of H. H. Holmes

May 7, 1896 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Herman Webster Mudgett, alias HH Holmes, is executed by hanging for murder Holmes’ murders involved designing a hotel specifically to confine and kill. To keep workers from understanding the true purpose of the rooms, he repeatedly replaced them, firing and hiring often. The building was designed with soundproof rooms, rooms… Continue reading The execution of H. H. Holmes

Belgium · Racially Motivated

Elderly man kills 2 neighbors, injures several others, and is killed during police standoff

May 7, 2002 Brussels, Belgium 79-year-old Hendrik Vyt shoots his downstairs neighbors to death, wounds 2 of their 5 children, sets fire to his own apartment, and is killed during a standoff Vyt was reportedly outspoken regarding his racist views, particularly those of Middle Eastern descent. Vyt was also known to be a neighborhood bully,… Continue reading Elderly man kills 2 neighbors, injures several others, and is killed during police standoff

Disasters · Famous Last Words · International/Multi-national

FLW: the beautiful adventure of death

Famous Last Words Charles Frohman Atlantic Ocean May 7, 1915 “Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure that life gives us.” Frohman, a theatrical producer, had been aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was struck by a torpedo fired from a German U-boat. Frohman had injured his knee years before and required a… Continue reading FLW: the beautiful adventure of death