Washington

Family killed by two teen friends of one victim

January 4, 1997 Bellevue, Washington Four members of the Wilson family are found dead, killed by two 17-year-old friends of one of the victims The victims were parents Bill and Rose Wilson and their daughters Kim (20) and Julia (17). Kim was killed first, away from the home, late in the evening of January 3.… Continue reading Family killed by two teen friends of one victim

Executions · New Jersey · Newspaper clippings

Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

January 3, 1884 Newark, New Jersey Two men are executed for murder in a double hanging The execution of Robert Martin, convicted of killing his wife and their infant as she held the baby, was botched. The Harrisburg Independent reported “the poor wretch who was condemned to suffer death at the hands of the law… Continue reading Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

Indiana · Serial Killers

Teen shoots parents, tries to strangle sister, is later suspected to be a serial killer

January 3, 1971 Fort Wayne, Indiana Carl Brandt (13) shoots his father and eight-months-pregnant mother as she bathes, and attempts to strangle his sister The Brandt family had recently returned from a family trip, during which time Carl’s father Herbert shot and killed the family’s sick dog. It is unclear if this act was the… Continue reading Teen shoots parents, tries to strangle sister, is later suspected to be a serial killer

Germany · Religion

Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

January 2, 1621 Quedlinburg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (current day Germany) Heinrich Rosenzweig kills his wife and six children with a sword and axe Rosenzweig was a Jew in a time and place that saw much antisemitism, so the validity of the account is debatable. The woodcut-illustrated account of the murder reports Rosenzweig, a wealthy… Continue reading Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil