Colorado · Newspaper clippings

Woman confesses to killing, dismembering son after he did the same to his own son

December 19, 1917 Montrose, Colorado Nancy Jane Bush confesses to killing her son after he killed his own child Nancy claimed her son, John, had become enraged after his 11- or 12-year-old son Otis was caught stealing $1.35 from his grandmother’s purse. She stated John “beat [Otis] until he fell in a dying condition.” To… Continue reading Woman confesses to killing, dismembering son after he did the same to his own son

California · Newspaper clippings

Man kills 6 children in murder-suicide

December 19, 1968 Napa, California A man kills 6 of his 7 children, sets his house on fire, and kills himself The motive behind Charles Coatney Bray’s murder-suicide was marital discord, as his wife had recently filed for divorce. He left a suicide note addressed to his wife, though the contents were not released to… Continue reading Man kills 6 children in murder-suicide

Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom

December 17, 1968 Decatur, Georgia 20-year-old Barbara Mackle is abducted and buried alive in a ransom attempt Barbara was chosen because her father, Robert Mackle, was a wealthy land developer. A little before 4 a.m., Gary Stephen Krist and Ruth Eisemann-Schier knocked on the motel door belonging to Barbara and her mother Jane Braznell Mackle.… Continue reading Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom

Disasters · New York · Newspaper clippings

Two airplanes collide mid-air

December 16, 1960 New York, New York Two airplanes collide mid-air, killing 136 One of the planes, whose destination was Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International), was in a holding pattern waiting for permission to land. The second plane, flying into LaGuardia Airport, miscalculated the other plane’s path and ran into the first. The… Continue reading Two airplanes collide mid-air

Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

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

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