13-year-old fatally shoots 6-year-old stepdaughter

March 4, 1921Iron Mountain, MissouriLuettia Parsons (13) fatally shoots her 6-year-old stepdaughter Luettia† had married John Parsons (38) on February 26, 1921. Six days later, Luettia shot her 6-year-old stepdaughter Lillie†† Parsons in the face with a shotgun. Luettia, dubbed the “baby bride of the Ozarks” due to her young age, was arrested and brought…

Charlie Chaplin’s body stolen, later ransomed

March 2, 1978Corsier-Sur-Vevey, SwitzerlandThe body of Sir Charles “Charlie” Spencer Chaplin is stolen and later ransomed Charlie had died in his sleep on December 25, 1977, at the age of 88. On March 2, a municipal worker conducting a routine check of the small cemetery where Charlie had been interred noticed his grave had been…

Man executed for murders of wife, two young children

February 16, 1906Chicago, IllinoisJohn Mueller is executed for the murders of his wife and two young daughters Around 2:30 a.m. on January 11, 1905, neighbors of the Mueller family heard shots and a muffled scream which seemed to end abruptly. One of the neighbors ran to the street where he encountered two detectives whom he…

The headless body of a pregnant woman is found

February 1, 1896Fort Thomas, KentuckyThe headless body of Pearl Bryan (23) is found The body of a decapitated woman, tossed into some bushes, was discovered by a farmhand on February 1. As her head was missing, identification proved difficult. The murder became an immediate sensation in the area due to the gruesome end the woman…