California · Female Killers

Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

May 15, 1975 Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California Norma Jean Armistead kills Kathryn Viramontes to steal her baby Armistead, an obstetrics nurse, visited Viramontes at her apartment. Viramontes was then anesthetized intravenously and stabbed, receiving a deep gash to her neck which penetrated her spine. The victim was 9-months pregnant at the time of her… Continue reading Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

May 7, 1964 Near Danville, California Francisco “Frank” Gonzales shoots two commercial airplane pilots and himself while in the air, leading to the deaths of all 44 on board Gonzales (27) was despondent over his substantial debt from a gambling habit, as well as being recently separated from his wife of two years. He took… Continue reading Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

California · Serial Killers

Serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dies in prison

December 26, 1980 California Serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dies of an overdose in prison Chase killed six people from December 29, 1977 to January 27, 1978; five of the murders occurred between January 23 and 27. Among the victims were two children: 6-year-old Jason Miroth and his cousin 22-month-old David Ferreira. Most of the… Continue reading Serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dies in prison

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

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Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her

December 14, 1944 Los Angeles, California Actress Lupe Vélez dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills Vélez was four months pregnant at the time of her suicide. She left behind two suicide notes, one to her former lover and father of her child Harald Ramond, and the to her secretary and close friend Beulah… Continue reading Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her