Man kills estranged wife’s parents

December 12, 1982Madison, IndianaD.H. Fleenor (31) kills his estranged wife’s parents after blaming them for the end of his marriage Fleenor had blamed his in-laws for the end of his 4-month marriage, and held resentment toward the family. On December 11, Fleenor spent a portion of the evening drinking with an acquaintance and revealed he…

Woman kills neighbor with axe

March 23, 2003 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Shonda Walter kills her 83-year-old neighbor James Sementelli by hitting him over 60 times with a hatchet Walter had amassed a sizable debt from student loans and court processing fees, and was reportedly afraid she would be sent to jail if she did not pay the court costs.…

FLW: I want to get to Hell in time for dinner

Famous Last Words John Owens (alias Bill Booth) Buffalo, Wyoming March 5, 1886 “I wish you’d hurry up. I want to get to Hell in time for dinner.” Booth was a wanted outlaw, sought by lawmen for the murders of his wife and child in Oklahoma, a cowboy in Colorado, and a trapper in Wyoming…

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…