Couple murdered in their bed: wife shot between eyes with shotgun, husband shot in jaw then bludgeoned with butt of shotgun and stabbed in heart

June 5, 1980 Libertyville, Illinois Bruce and Darlene Rouse are killed in their home while their children, aged 20, 17, and 15, sleep Darlene was killed first, shot between the eyes with a shotgun as she slept. She was killed instantly. Bruce, startled awake by the shooting, was shot in the jaw, though this injury…

FLW: the bad box

Famous Last Words Joseph Windrath Chicago, Illinois June 5, 1896 “Mat, open the bad box! Put him in the bad box! Hang up Mannow!” Windrath had been convicted of the murder of a railroad clerk during a robbery. His accomplice, Julius Mannow, turned state’s evidence in exchange for a lighter sentence. Carrying nearly the entire…

The Bodom Lake Murders

June 5, 1960 Espoo, Finland Four teenagers camping at Lake Bodom are attacked as they sleep, leaving 3 dead and 1 wounded The two female victims, Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki, were 15 at the time of their murders. They had been accompanied by their boyfriends, Seppo Antero Boisman and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson,…

FLW: I don’t want to go home in the dark

Famous Last Words William Sydney Porter New York, New York June 5, 1910 "Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark." Porter is best remembered for his pen name O. Henry and for writing witty short stories with surprise endings. As he was dying at the age of 47 from…