Man kills parents, 2 brothers

December 11, 1985Lathrop, MissouriFour members of the Sloan family are killed in their home by the eldest son Early on December 11, Jeffery Sloan (19) entered his parent’s bedroom with a .38 caliber pistol and shot his father, Paul, as he slept. The bullet struck Paul in the chin and passed through his neck. The…

Man kills his wife with antifreeze and battery acid

December 4, 2006Near Bethany, MissouriAnna Yoder Borntreger (26) dies, ostensibly from liver problems Anna’s death, while sudden, was not presumed to have been foul play, primarily because she had been ill for a short while prior to her death. Some of her family had their suspicions, however. “They felt that maybe it wasn’t actually a…

Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

March 30, 1899 Harrisonville, Missouri Edwin Bates Soper is hanged for the murder of his wife and two children In April 1891, Soper suddenly announced to neighbors and acquaintances he had heard of a local “blind tiger” (an illegal saloon) and had decided to move there, then quickly sold his butcher shop and moved away.…