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Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

October 20, 1931 Chester, Illinois Merle (alt. spelling: Merley, Murley) Johnson is executed for the murders of his live-in girlfriend and her two sons On May 20, 1931, Johnson (25) shot Carrie Bowers (38) before he strangled her sons, Joseph (6) and Delmar (19 months). The boys were also bludgeoned with a car crank and… Continue reading Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

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Today in Horror History: October 20

Birthdays: Classic monster movie icon Bela Lugosi (October 20, 1882 - August 16, 1956), who starred in The Thirteenth Chair (1929), Dracula (1931), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), White Zombie (1932), Island of Lost Souls (1932), The Whispering Shadow (1933), Night of Terror (1933), The Black Cat (1934), Mark of the Vampire (1935), The… Continue reading Today in Horror History: October 20