Executions · Florida · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for the torture and murder of his 9-year-old daughter

September 7, 1984 Florida Ernest John Dobbert Jr. is executed for the torture and death of his 9-year-old daughter Dobbert’s father had employed corporal punishment on his children as a means of discipline, a tactic he had learned from his own father. In turn, Dobbert would beat his own children to “keep them in line.”… Continue reading Man executed for the torture and murder of his 9-year-old daughter

Disasters · Florida · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Vermont

Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

August 27, 1934 The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) runs several stories of misfortune The stories (clippings below) are: Two girls under the age of three died in a barn fire after their older brother (4) ignited hay while playing with matches. A boy (6) watching a steam shovel excavate was killed when the scoop accidentally… Continue reading Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

Executions · Florida

Convicted murderer of five, including two children, is executed

August 25, 1993 Starke, Florida Michael Alan Durocher is executed for murdering his girlfriend, their 6-month-old son, her 5-year-old daughter, and an interior decorating store employee Durocher was already on death row for the 1986 armed robbery and murder of store employee Thomas Underwood and was awaiting sentencing for beating his roommate, Eddie Dwayne Childers,… Continue reading Convicted murderer of five, including two children, is executed

Florida · Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings

Man kills 8, injures 3 before being shot, run over by citizens attempting to stop murders

August 20, 1982 Miami, Florida Carl Robert Brown begins a shooting spree following an argument over $20 Brown, who was “described as a temperamental bigot who sometimes praised the Soviet Union but other mornings startled neighbors by shouting, ‘United States! UnitedStates!’” according Florida Today (Aug 22, 1982), had been involved in a dispute the day… Continue reading Man kills 8, injures 3 before being shot, run over by citizens attempting to stop murders

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Woman abducted, restrained, and set on fire after robbery

August 12, 1984 Tallahassee, Florida Jeanne Bickner is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and set on fire Bickner had met Joe Elton Nixon in a mall parking lot when he asked for help jumpstarting his car. When they were unsuccessful, Bickner offered Nixon a ride home. During the trip, Nixon forced Bickner to a remote… Continue reading Woman abducted, restrained, and set on fire after robbery