Female Killers · Ohio

Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

December 6, 1927 Perry, Ohio Velma West (21) bludgeons her husband Thomas Edward West (25) to death with a hammer and table leg when he refuses to allow her to leave for a bridge party Velma was small in stature at 5’5” (165cm) and 107lbs. (48.5kg) while Thomas was around 6 feet tall (183cm) and… Continue reading Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Woman dies by supposed suicide by furnace

November 17, 1924 Bexley, Ohio Addie Sheatsley dies in a furnace, supposedly during a suicide For reasons unknown, Sheatsley is suspected to have climbed into a large furnace, partially cremating herself from the waist down. Her children found the smell unusual and investigated, though her 16-year-old son Clarence later stated he witnessed his mother burning… Continue reading Woman dies by supposed suicide by furnace

Newspaper clippings · Ohio · School Violence

12-year-old attempts to kidnap school principal at gunpoint to impress a girl

September 24, 1937 Toledo, Ohio During a strange ploy to impress a girl he liked, Robert Snyder (12) shoots his school principal and attempts suicide Snyder wanted to impress fellow student Gloria Moore by showing how tough he was. He went home while school was in session to retrieve his father’s gun and entered principal… Continue reading 12-year-old attempts to kidnap school principal at gunpoint to impress a girl

Crime Scene Photography · Ohio · Serial Killers

The possible first victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer is found

September 5, 1934 Cleveland, Ohio A woman’s lower torso and upper thighs are found on the shore of Lake Erie The woman’s body was found in a rough and reddened, suggesting chemicals had been applied to her skin. Her head was never found, and because of this, she has never been identified. She was dubbed… Continue reading The possible first victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer is found

Massacres/Mass Murder · Ohio

Man depressed over his unemployment kills 8, is wounded in shootout with police

September 3, 1927 Youngstown, Ohio Tony de Capua (alt. spelling Decapua) kills 7 family members and a neighbor after becoming despondent from being unemployed De Capua (42) was an out-of-work steel mill worker; it appears his unemployment was the motive behind the mass murder. On September 3, de Capua used a revolver to shoot those… Continue reading Man depressed over his unemployment kills 8, is wounded in shootout with police