California

Woman murdered and raped by estranged husband who then killed himself

August 14, 1980 West Los Angeles, California 20-year-old Dorothy Stratten is shot to death by her estranged husband Stratten's husband, Paul Snider, had met Stratten while she was working part time at Dairy Queen. He convinced her to submit photos to Playboy which led to her becoming Miss August 1979, two months after they married.… Continue reading Woman murdered and raped by estranged husband who then killed himself

California · Graves

Nicholas Markowitz’s murder, the inspiration for Alpha Dogs

August 9, 2000 Santa Ynez mountains, Goleta, California Nicholas Markowitz is murdered over an alleged $1,200 debt his half-brother owed to a drug dealer Markowitz was kidnapped while walking along a street, originally to be held as ransom to settle a debt owed by Markowitz's brother Ben to Jesse James Hollywood. Markowitz, while held hostage,… Continue reading Nicholas Markowitz’s murder, the inspiration for Alpha Dogs

California · Executions · Female Killers

Woman executed for hiring men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law

August 8, 1962 San Quentin, California Elizabeth Duncan becomes the fourth and last woman to be executed in California Duncan was executed for hiring two men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law. Her son Frank had met nurse Olga Kupczyk while she cared for Elizabeth following an attempted suicide. The two married in secret; when Frank… Continue reading Woman executed for hiring men to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law