South Dakota

Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

December 31, 1936 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Two members of a robbery gang are attacked and left in a powder house before it explodes The victims were Floyd H. Parker (alias Harold Baker) and his girlfriend Helen Sieler. It was originally speculated the pair were attacked to silence them about a recent robbery, though it… Continue reading Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

Executions · Female Killers · South Africa

Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

December 30, 1932 Pretoria, South Africa Daisy Louisa C. de Melker is hanged for the murder of her son In April 1932, De Melker, described by newspapers as “a trim, handsome little woman of 44,” was arrested for the poisoning murders of two husbands and her 20-year-old son. Her first husband, William Alfred Cowle (sometimes… Continue reading Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

England · Female Killers

Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

December 29, 1856 Walworth, London, England Martha Bacon kills her two young children and cuts her own throat Martha had recently been released from a mental hospital, placed there following accusing her husband of murdering his mother. While Martha’s husband Thomas was out of town, Martha’s aunt Harriet Payne sent her daughter to check on… Continue reading Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

England · Executions · Female Killers

Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

December 29, 1903 England Lovers Emily Swann and John Gallagher are executed for the murder of Swann’s husband Emily was married to William Swann who was known in the community to be in the habit of beating his wife. On June 6, William hit Emily enough to give her two black eyes which she initially… Continue reading Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

England

Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

December 28, 1811 Clerkenwell, London, England Suspected murderer John Williams is found hanged in his cell Williams, alias John Murphy, was suspected of killing seven in two separate attacks. The first, carried out December 7, 1811, involved the murders of Timothy and Celia Marr, their 14-week-old son, and apprentice James Gowan in the Marrs’ shop.… Continue reading Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide