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

Executions · Famous Last Words · Indiana

FLW: let’s get on with the killing

Famous Last Words Kevin Conner Indiana July 27, 2005 “Everybody has to die sometime, so... let’s get on with the killing.” Conner was executed for the deaths of three of his friends in 1988. According to testimony, Conner and 3 friends — Steve Wentland, Tony Moore, and Bruce Voge — were drinking at Moore's home.… Continue reading FLW: let’s get on with the killing

Indiana · Newspaper clippings

The birth of Pearl and Ruby Jones, their short lives, and the death of their father

June 24, 1889 Indiana Conjoined twins Pearl and Ruby Jones are born Pearl and Ruby were born joined at the pelvis and without legs, to parents James Henry (24) and Lucinda (19). The girls were reported to have been 22 pounds at birth. Sources listed their birthplace alternately as either Tipton or Russiaville, Indiana. Pearl… Continue reading The birth of Pearl and Ruby Jones, their short lives, and the death of their father