Executions · Florida

Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

December 13, 2006 Raiford, Florida Ángel Nieves Díaz is executed for murder, though his lethal injection is botched leading to his arms being burned by the chemicals Díaz was convicted of the December 29, 1979 robbery and murder of club owner Joseph Nagy. Most of the club’s employees were locked in a room during the… Continue reading Man executed for murder, lethal injection botched resulting in severe chemical burns

Florida · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

December 3, 1995 Starke, Bradford County, Florida Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer is killed by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera Schaefer, a former sheriff’s deputy, was serving a life term for the 1972 murders of Susan Place (17) and Georgia Jessup (16). During Schaefer’s trial, the prosecutor explained the girls had been tied to a… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

Florida

The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

November 29, 1992 Gibsonton, Florida Circus performer Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles, Jr. is killed by a 17-year-old hitman hired by his wife and stepson Stiles was born with ectrodactyly, a generic condition which fuses fingers and/or toes into a claw-like shape. Because of this, he joined his father, who also had ectrodactyly, and toured with… Continue reading The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

Florida · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills 4 after Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2009 Jupiter, Florida Paul Michael Merhige shoots several members of his family at Thanksgiving, killing four Merhige visited the his cousin’s home for Thanksgiving. He spent three hours eating, chatting, and singing with his extended family before killing his twin sisters (one of whom was pregnant), his aunt, and his cousin’s 6-year-old daughter,… Continue reading Man kills 4 after Thanksgiving dinner

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Teen bludgeons, stabs 9-year-old neighbor, keeps body under his bed

November 3, 1998 Jacksonville, Florida 14-year-old Joshua Phillips beats and stabs his 8-year-old neighbor Maddie Clifton and hides her under his waterbed mattress After his arrest, Phillips stated he accidentally hit Maddie in the eye with a baseball bat as the children played. He claimed that in a state of panic, fearing he would get… Continue reading Teen bludgeons, stabs 9-year-old neighbor, keeps body under his bed