Man kills wife, self with chainsaw

March 31, 2015Lower Moreland, PennsylvaniaThe bodies of Nicole and Christopher Peppelman are found by one of their sons The Peppelmans had separated, and their divorce had been finalized in January of 2014. Despite the dissolution of their marriage, “there was no indication at the time that there was anything wrong between them,” according to Martin…

Man executed for former sister-in-law’s murder

March 15, 1946Eddyville, KentuckyAnderson Adkins (34, pictured center) is executed for a murder committed during a custody dispute Anderson and his wife, Elmo Bentley Adkins, had recently divorced, and Anderson had blamed the influence of his in-laws for the dissolution of his marriage. Elmo had been granted custody of the couple’s 11-year-old son and Adkins…

Man executed for the murder of his wife, ostensibly due to a feud with his father-in-law

January 21, 1881Danville, IllinoisFrederick Kester is hanged for the murder of his wife On the morning of August 22, 1879, Caroline Burmeister (also spelled as Bearmiester or Burmaster in contemporary newspapers) visited her sister Minnie Kester (alternately spelled Koester). Minnie was approximately 7 months pregnant at the time and Caroline often assisted with the chores…

Man stabs, drowns wife ostensibly while sleepwalking

January 16, 1997Phoenix, ArizonaScott Falater stabs his wife Yarmila 44 times and holds her head under water, ostensibly as he sleepwalks Neighbors were alerted to the killing by Yarmila’s screams, which could be heard for up to 30 minutes. “I could just hear her yelling,” the Falaters’ next-door neighbor told radio stations shortly after the…