Executions · Female Killers · South Africa

Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

December 30, 1932 Pretoria, South Africa Daisy Louisa C. de Melker is hanged for the murder of her son In April 1932, De Melker, described by newspapers as “a trim, handsome little woman of 44,” was arrested for the poisoning murders of two husbands and her 20-year-old son. Her first husband, William Alfred Cowle (sometimes… Continue reading Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

Disasters · South Africa

Formula One driver killed by fire extinguisher carried by man he ran over

March 5, 1977 Midrand, South Africa Formula One driver Tom Pryce and marshal Frederick Jansen van Vuuren are killed in a chain-reaction accident Jansen van Vuuren and another marshal had rushed to a car which had malfunctioned and caught fire. As the two marshals ran across the track, Pryce and another driver came over a… Continue reading Formula One driver killed by fire extinguisher carried by man he ran over