A woman kills her husband and their infant son

January 14, 1862 Clavering, Essex, England Rebecca Law kills her husband and infant son Samuel (27) and Rebecca (25) had been married for around 7 years before the murder. The early portion of their marriage was peppered with quarrels, primarily due to their differing personalities (Samuel was described as having “loose habits” while Rebecca was…

Canadian serial killer executed

January 13, 1928Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaSerial killer Earle Leonard Nelson, alias Virgil Wilson, is executed Nelson primarily targeted landladies, posing as a prospective tenant to lure the victims to empty buildings. The women were strangled, and many raped after death. (One victim, 14-year-old Lola Cowen, was also seriously mutilated.) Nelson’s success largely depended on his constant…

Woman dies in secluded area of hospital, leaves behind a stain in the shape of her body on the floor

January 12, 1979Athens, OhioMargaret Schillings’ decomposing body is found a month after her disappearance, leaving a body-shaped stain behind Schillings was a patient at the Athens Mental Heath and Retardation Center (later called The Ridges) who was being treated for mental disabilities. She disappeared on December 2, 1978, got lost in an unused portion of…