Executions · Iowa

Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

March 9, 1923 Fort Madison, Iowa Earl Throst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of Inga Magnusson Magnusson (sometimes spelled Magnussen) was a 21-year-old teacher of a one-room schoolhouse in Allamakee County, Iowa, though she lived with her parents in Houston County, Minnesota, roughly 40 miles (64 km) north of the school. When she… Continue reading Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

Iowa · Newspaper clippings

Man kills girl he was obsessed over, wounds her companion, and kills self

September 2, 1906 Near Davenport, Iowa A 30-year-old man murders a 17-year-old girl he was infatuated with, wounds her friend, then kills himself The girl, Grace Reed, was orphaned and had been living with her killer’s brother and his family for a few years before her murder. The murderer, Harry Drenter, had become obsessed with… Continue reading Man kills girl he was obsessed over, wounds her companion, and kills self

Iowa · Newspaper clippings

Vintage crime: 14-year-old beats mother to death for slapping him (1930)

From multiple sources published July 19, 1930 Lester Mohr (14), under the influence of "near beer [low alcohol beer] and pop 'spiked' with alcohol," beat his mother with his fists, bricks, and a poker, managed to wedge her head between a tree and a fence, beat her more, then returned to shoot her with a… Continue reading Vintage crime: 14-year-old beats mother to death for slapping him (1930)