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