Oklahoma

Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

October 7, 1911 Osage Hills, Oklahoma Bank robber Elmer McCurdy is killed during a shootout, his body eventually becoming a prop in a haunted house McCurdy and his gang intended to rob a train carrying a $400,000 (roughly $10.5 million in 2018) royalty payment to the Osage Nation, but they attacked the wrong train; the… Continue reading Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

Oklahoma

Man beats ex-girlfriend’s daughter and grandson to death with baseball bat

October 1, 1993 Tulsa County, Oklahoma Julius Ricardo Young kills his ex-girlfriend’s daughter and grandson Joyslon Edwards had ended her relationship with Young and asked for her apartment key back two days before the murders. On October 1, Young broke into the apartment of Joyland Morgan, Joyslon’s 20-year-old daughter. Morgan was struck with a baseball… Continue reading Man beats ex-girlfriend’s daughter and grandson to death with baseball bat

Executions · Famous Last Words · Oklahoma

FLW: “French fries”

Famous Last Words James Donald French Oklahoma August 10, 1966 “How’s this for a headline? ‘French fries.’” (attributed) French was a convicted murderer, serving time for killing a hitchhiker in 1958 when he strangled his cellmate with a shoelace in 1961. He was executed in the electric chair, reportedly “without flinching or begging.” French’s last… Continue reading FLW: “French fries”

Oklahoma

Three girls murdered during Girl Scouts camping trip

June 13, 1977 Mayes County, Oklahoma Michele Guse (9, left), Lori Farmer (8, middle), and Doris Milner (10, right) are found raped and murdered during a camping trip The girls shared a tent at a Girl Scouts camping trip. Their tent was located the furthest from the camp counselor’s tent, them and was partially obscured… Continue reading Three girls murdered during Girl Scouts camping trip

Female Killers · Oklahoma · Serial Killers

Serial killer “The Giggling Granny” dies in prison

June 2, 1965 McAlester, Oklahoma Nannie Doss, known by various names including “The Giggling Granny,” dies in prison Doss was a Blackwidow, killing her husbands both for insurance money and to search “for the perfect mate, the real romance of life.” She elaborated by stating her actions were inspired by romance novels and the pursuit… Continue reading Serial killer “The Giggling Granny” dies in prison