Arkansas · Executions

Rufus Buck and his gang are hanged for rape

July 1, 1896 Fort Smith, Arkansas Rufus Buck, leader of the Rufus Buck Gang, is hanged along with the 4 other members of the gang for the gang-rape of a woman in front of her husband and children The Rufus Buck Gang were only together for 13 days, but during that time they robbed, murdered,… Continue reading Rufus Buck and his gang are hanged for rape

Arkansas · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man executed for the 6-day killing spree which claimed the lives of 16, mostly his family members

June 25, 1990 Lincoln County, Arkansas Ronald Gene Simmons is executed for a 6-day murder spree in which he killed 16 people, including 14 of his family members as young as a year old Starting on December 22, 1987, Simmons began shooting, strangling, or drowning 14 members of his family: his wife, 6 daughters (one… Continue reading Man executed for the 6-day killing spree which claimed the lives of 16, mostly his family members

Arkansas · Massacres/Mass Murder · School Violence

5 killed, 10 wounded by two boys

March 24, 1998 Jonesboro, Arkansas Two boys, ages 11 and 13, pull a fire alarm before running to a wooded area in front of Westside Middle School, firing upon those who fled the school The boys had packed a bag the night before with survival gear, snacks, and several weapons (Remington 742 .30-06 rifle, Universal… Continue reading 5 killed, 10 wounded by two boys

Arkansas · Executions · Famous Last Words · Newspaper clippings

FLW: don’t be afraid

Famous Last Words Duncan Richardson Little Rock, Arkansas February 2, 1923 "Don't be afraid of me. I would as soon have you do it as anyone." Richardson (29) was executed with his brother Ben (19), accomplice E. G. Bullen (also listed as Phelin Bullin) had killed, hacked, dismembered, and partially burned 82-year-old Ira H. Culp… Continue reading FLW: don’t be afraid

Arkansas · Massacres/Mass Murder

A 6-day, 16-deaths murder spree ends

December 28, 1987 Russellville, Arkansas Ronald Gene Simmons ends a murder spree which began 6 days before and ended with the deaths of 16 including 14 of his family members as young as a year old Simmons, who had retired from a 20-year service in the Navy and Air Force, began his killing spree on… Continue reading A 6-day, 16-deaths murder spree ends