Connecticut · Executions · Female Killers

Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

December 20, 1786 New London, Connecticut 12-year-old Hannah Ocuish is hanged for the murder of a 6-year-old following an argument over strawberries Ocuish was a biracial orphan (her father was black and her mother belonged to the Pequot tribe) and possibly had a mental disability. In June 1786, 6-year-old Eunice Bolles accused Ocuish of stealing… Continue reading Hannah Ocuish, the youngest person to be executed in the US

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Man kills another man, cannibalizes eye and part of victim’s brain

December 15, 2011 Bridgeport, Connecticut Tyree Smith bludgeons Angel “Tun Tun” Gonzalez with an axe, then eats Gonzalez’s eye and part of his brain Gonzalez was homeless at the time of his murder, but had been staying in an abandoned, boarded up house for shelter. On December 15, Smith curled up outside the house, choosing… Continue reading Man kills another man, cannibalizes eye and part of victim’s brain

Connecticut · Disasters

Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700

July 6, 1944 Hartford, Connecticut A fire ignites a circus tent, killing an estimated 168 and wounding over 700 The exact cause of the fire is unknown. One theory suspects a carelessly discarded cigarette, while another involves Robert Segee who admitted in 1950 to setting the blaze when he was 17. He later recanted this… Continue reading Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700

Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

June 21, 1930 New Haven, Connecticut A man throws his wife and four children from a cliff before jumping to his own death Raymond Sprang had been confined to the veteran’s hospital after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at the time referred to as “manic depression”). He escaped but explained to his family he had… Continue reading Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators