Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

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.… Continue reading Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

Massacres/Mass Murder · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man kills stepmother, 4 siblings over financial dispute

February 19, 1901 Kennett, Missouri James Tettaton (29) is hanged for the murders of his step-mother and 4 siblings (Note: Newspapers report the family by a variety of names, including Tettalon and Tetterton, though the grave of Mrs. M. J. Tettaton establishes the correct spelling.) On April 25, 1899, neighbors of the widow Malinda Jane… Continue reading Man kills stepmother, 4 siblings over financial dispute

Executions · Missouri

Man executed for killing friend who refused to buy him a drink

April 1, 1955 Jefferson City, Missouri Dock Booker is executed for the shooting death of his friend Earl Harrison after Harrison refuses to buy Booker a drink Booker and Harrison, both baseball pitchers, had previously had arguments over which was the better player. With tensions between the two already high, the two men visited the… Continue reading Man executed for killing friend who refused to buy him a drink

Missouri · unsolved

Teen killed while babysitting

March 18, 1950 Columbia, Missouri Janett Christman (top photo, left) is killed while babysitting a toddler Christman, killed three days before her 14th birthday, had been babysitting a 2½-year-old boy. Police received a call around 11 p.m. on March 18, later presumed to have been from Christman. A “girlish” voice gasped “come quick” and was… Continue reading Teen killed while babysitting

Missouri

Man sets fire to building, kills 6 children

March 12, 1999 St. Louis, Missouri Nevelyn Stokes (23) sets fire to an apartment building, killing six children under the age of 9 Earlier in the evening, Stokes was physically assaulted by a man and woman he encountered on the street. Allegedly, Stokes had robbed the woman the month before and the assault was in… Continue reading Man sets fire to building, kills 6 children