Man strangles, rapes, and sets neighbor on fire

September 2, 1994Wilmington, DelawareBrian D. Steckel (27) strangles, rapes, and sets his neighbor Sandra Lee Long on fire Steckel’s story changed during the course of his interrogation, trial, and incarceration. In the most consistent version of events Steckel claimed he visited Long’s apartment to ask to use her telephone — multiple neighbors at the Driftwood…

Man executed for murder of man who was “literally hacked to pieces” during botched burglary

September 1, 1827Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, EnglandJoshua Slade is executed for the murder of a man during a botched burglary On July 3, 1827, 18-year-old Slade entered the unlocked home of Reverend Joshua Waterhouse with the intent to burglarize it later. While the reverend was away, Slade went into Waterhouse’s bedroom to unload his blunderbuss and pack…