Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: September 30

Birthdays: Dan O’Bannon (September 30, 1946 - December 17, 2009), who directed The Resurrected (1991), wrote Alien (1979), Dead & Buried (1981), Heavy Metal (1981; segments: Soft Landing, B-17), Lifeforce (1985), Invaders from Mars (1986), Total Recall (1990), Screamers (1995), and Bleeders (aka Hemoglobin; 1997), and wrote and directed The Return of the Living Dead… Continue reading Today in Horror History: September 30

Illinois · Newspaper clippings · Serial Killers

The first victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders

September 29, 1982 Chicago, Illinois The first two victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders are killed Beginning on September 29, random victims began dying after ingesting potassium cyanide-laced extra-strength Tylenol pills. The first victim was 12-year-old Mary Kellerman; six more would follow her to the grave. During investigations, it was determined each tainted bottle had… Continue reading The first victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders

Nevada

Man kills another for harassing his friend

September 29, 1986 Nevada Troy Kell shoots James “Cotton” Kelly for sexually harassing Kell’s friend Sandy Shaw Shaw (15) had been harassed by Kelly (21) for some time, with Kelly calling Shaw’s house repeatedly and regardless of the time of day, and culminating with Kelly requesting nude photographs of Shaw. At the time, stalker laws… Continue reading Man kills another for harassing his friend

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: September 29

Birthdays: Ian McShane (September 29, 1942), who starred in The Devil’s Window (1970), The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986), “The Twilight Zone” (episode: Cold Fusion), Death Race (2008), Coraline (2009), Case 39 (2009), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), “American Horror Story” (season: Asylum), “American Gods,” and Hellboy (2019). McShane in “American Gods” Erika… Continue reading Today in Horror History: September 29