Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

December 4, 1896 McLeansboro, Illinois Benjamin Boehmer, alias Fred Behme, is hanged for the murder of his wife and child after his wife had their son baptized Boehmer and his wife Mary had been Roman Catholics before Boehmer converted to become a Methodist. The two separated briefly with Mary moving out of state to live… Continue reading Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

The death of “Baby Face” Nelson

November 26, 1934 Barrington, Illinois George “Baby Face” Nelson is fatally shot by federal agents Nelson, born Lester Joseph Gillis, was given the nickname “Baby Face” due to his youthful appearance, though it was a nickname few used to address Nelson directly. Instead, colleagues called him “Jimmy.” Nelson was a career criminal and had many… Continue reading The death of “Baby Face” Nelson

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

November 22, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Mitsuko Yamada (35) brings her neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter into a public restroom and strangles her with a scarf A total of 550 students had applied to a prestigious kindergarten; Haruna Wakayama had been one of 20 applicants to be admitted. This reportedly angered Yamada, whose daughter did not make the… Continue reading Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls

November 21, 1884 Savanah, Missouri Oliver Bateman is hanged for the murder of two young girls On August 21, 1884, two sisters visited the Bateman household for lunch with Oliver and his sister before leaving to their own home. The girls, Austie (9) and Adella (7) McLaughlin, didn’t arrive home that night; their bodies were… Continue reading Man hanged for murder-rape of two young girls