Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

March 30, 1899 Harrisonville, Missouri Edwin Bates Soper is hanged for the murder of his wife and two children In April 1891, Soper suddenly announced to neighbors and acquaintances he had heard of a local “blind tiger” (an illegal saloon) and had decided to move there, then quickly sold his butcher shop and moved away.… Continue reading Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

Female Killers · Florida

Man beaten by wife, 2 employees in home

March 27, 1989 Melbourne, Florida John Bradford (53) is fatally beaten in his home John and his wife, Priscilla Bradford (36), had had marital difficulties culminating with Priscilla filing for divorce. In her divorce suit, Priscilla alleged she had been the victim of spousal abuse during their three-and-a-half-year marriage. However, John filed a countersuit claiming… Continue reading Man beaten by wife, 2 employees in home

Texas

Teen kills mother with hammer, knife, rapes body

March 27, 2014 Corpus Christi, Texas Kevin Davis (18) kills his mother Kimberly Hill then rapes her body On March 27, Davis attacked his mother by attempting to strangle her with an electrical cord. When Hill screamed, Davis retrieved a hammer and struck her head around 20 times. Psychiatrist Dr. Joel Kutnik, who interviewed Davis,… Continue reading Teen kills mother with hammer, knife, rapes body