Indiana · Newspaper clippings

The death of the Hatfield Twins

February 21, 1891 Fort Wayne, Indiana The unnamed “Hatfield twins” die following a catastrophic seizure The Hatfield baby was born to a couple identified in newspapers only as Mr. and Mrs. L. W. — or occasionally L. C. — Hatfield. (Neither the child’s first name nor his parents’ were used, so I have been unsuccessful… Continue reading The death of the Hatfield Twins

Executions · Indiana · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for beating a real estate agent to death to steal deed to property

February 15, 1878 Madison, Indiana John Beavers is executed for bashing a real estate agent’s head with a rock during a transaction Beavers was convicted of killing real estate agent John Sewell on November 3, 1877. Sewell was beaten with a block of limestone weighing around five or six pounds which was left near his… Continue reading Man executed for beating a real estate agent to death to steal deed to property

Indiana · Serial Killers

Teen shoots parents, tries to strangle sister, is later suspected to be a serial killer

January 3, 1971 Fort Wayne, Indiana Carl Brandt (13) shoots his father and eight-months-pregnant mother as she bathes, and attempts to strangle his sister The Brandt family had recently returned from a family trip, during which time Carl’s father Herbert shot and killed the family’s sick dog. It is unclear if this act was the… Continue reading Teen shoots parents, tries to strangle sister, is later suspected to be a serial killer

Female Killers · Indiana

Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven

November 14, 2006 Elkhart, Indiana Angelica Alvarez kills her four children, ages 2 to 8, before attempting suicide Alvarez was found by her husband Fernando Valdez in the basement of their home, near the bodies of the four children. Each child had been given sleeping pills and strangled by Alvarez using her hands; at least… Continue reading Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven

Indiana · Newspaper clippings

Girl kidnapped, raped, killed; killer goes to execution with indifference

September 22, 1924 Gary, Indiana 10-year-old Annie Tomicik is abducted, sexually assaulted, strangled, and buried Annie was offered a ride by Peter Vergolini who killed her and buried her nude body, her hands still restrained at her sides, in sand dunes. Vergolini was questioned about her disappearance and, after an “all night grilling,” confessed to… Continue reading Girl kidnapped, raped, killed; killer goes to execution with indifference