Executions · Maryland · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for the murders of three teens during four day killing spree

May 17, 1994 Maryland John Frederick Thanos is executed for the murders of three teenagers At the time of the murders, Thanos had been in and out of prison for violent crimes — namely rape and robbery. He also had a habit of carrying a leather doctor’s bag holding a sawed-off .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle… Continue reading Man executed for the murders of three teens during four day killing spree

Maryland · Newspaper clippings

Woman, infant stabbed in a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot”

September 23, 1977 Bowie, Maryland Carol Lewis and her 4-month-old daughter Heather are stabbed to death in what newspapers called a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot” Carol (27) and Heather were the victims of a murder conspiracy between Carol’s husband Lon Lewis (27) and Gene T. Meyer (27). The men had met… Continue reading Woman, infant stabbed in a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot”

Maryland · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Joe Roy Metheny dies

August 5, 2017 Cumberland, Maryland Suspected serial killer Joseph Roy Metheny dies in prison During an alleged and unconfirmed jailhouse confession, Metheny claimed to have killed 10 people and cooked parts of their bodies to serve to customers at his barbecue stand. (The “confession” has been reported by several news outlets, most of whom reference… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Joe Roy Metheny dies

Maryland · Serial Killers

The first victim of the so-called “Sex Beast” serial killer is murdered

June 26, 1957 Near Annapolis, Maryland Melvin Rees (pictured) kills his first known victim Rees found Margaret Harold and her boyfriend, an unnamed soldier, parked at a lover’s lane. Rees showed them he had a gun, entered the backstreet of the car, and demanded money and cigarettes. When Harold told her boyfriend not to give… Continue reading The first victim of the so-called “Sex Beast” serial killer is murdered

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Man is killed in shootout with law enforcement after killing a DC police officer and FBI agent

May 29, 1995 Greenbelt, Maryland Ralph McLean shoots an FBI agent to death before dying in a shootout with other agents and local police McLean had been wanted on suspicion of unprovoked attacks on police officers in Washington D.C., including the death of Prince George's County Police Corporal John Novabilski who was moonlighting as a… Continue reading Man is killed in shootout with law enforcement after killing a DC police officer and FBI agent