Arizona · Female Killers

Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

January 1, 1963 Phoenix, Arizona Betty Smithey (20) strangles the 15-month-old baby she was babysitting Four years before the murder, Smithey (then 16) kidnapped a child she was babysitting. She took 18-month-old Mitchell Johnson from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hitchhiking or taking buses along the way. She and the toddler were found in… Continue reading Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

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Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

December 2, 1999 Near Apache Junction, Arizona Shawn Ryan Grell drives his 2-year-old daughter to a remote location, douses her with gasoline, and sets her on fire For reasons that remain unclear, Grell signed his daughter, 2-year-old Kristen Salem, from her daycare, drove around the Mesa, Arizona area with the toddler in his vehicle, purchased… Continue reading Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

Arizona · Female Killers

Two women killed, one of whom is dismembered, and packed to be transported out of state to hide their murders

October 16, 1931 Phoenix, Arizona Two women are killed, allegedly by a jealous woman, before being stuffed in luggage to be transported to Los Angeles The victims were Agnes Anne LeRoi and Hedvig Samuelson, friends of Winnie Ruth Judd. The three apparently all had eyes for businessman Jack Halloran who was a known philanderer. On… Continue reading Two women killed, one of whom is dismembered, and packed to be transported out of state to hide their murders

Arizona · Executions · Famous Last Words

FLW: an endorsement for Red Robin before his execution

Famous Last Words Daniel Cook Florence, Arizona August 8, 2012 "I'd like to say sorry to the victim's family. I know that's not enough. Where am I? To my lawyers, thank you. Red Robin, yum. I'm done. I love you." Cook was executed by lethal injection for raping, torturing, and strangling 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos and… Continue reading FLW: an endorsement for Red Robin before his execution

Arizona · Graves

Young girl’s body found, buried under the name “Little Miss Nobody” when no one claims her

July 31, 1960 Congress, Arizona An unidentified young girl between the ages of 3 and 6 years old is found burned and partially buried The girl, nicknamed "Little Miss Nobody," was found approximately 2 weeks after her death and, despite the fact her body was in a state of advanced decay, her face was considered… Continue reading Young girl’s body found, buried under the name “Little Miss Nobody” when no one claims her