Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Unknown person gasses first of several houses

December 22, 1933 Haymakertown, Virginia A “mad gasser” attacks the first of several houses The gasser attacked the home of Cal Huffman late on the evening of December 22. A strange smell permeated the home on three separate occasions during the night, the last of which was strong enough to nauseate seven of the eight… Continue reading Unknown person gasses first of several houses

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Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

December 18, 1996 Annandale, Virginia The body of an unidentified woman is found in a cemetery The woman, who is approximated to have been in her late 50s or early 60s, was found by a groundskeeper in a section of the cemetery designated for deceased infants. She had laid a clear sheet on the ground,… Continue reading Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

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Lawyer invades home of wife’s former boss, stabs occupants, is arrested wearing only adult diaper

November 9, 2014 McLean, Virginia Lawyer Andrew Schmuhl (31) invaded the home of Leo Fisher (61) and his wife Susan Duncan (61), stabs each, and leaves them to die for firing Schmuhl’s wife two weeks before Andrew’s wife Alecia Schmuhl (30), also an attorney, had worked for Fisher until her employment was terminated due to… Continue reading Lawyer invades home of wife’s former boss, stabs occupants, is arrested wearing only adult diaper

Female Killers · Virginia

Teen executed for murder of her employer

August 16, 1912 Richmond, Virginia Virginia Christian (17) is executed in the electric chair for the murder of her employer Christian's employer, Ida Virginia Belote, had a habit of mistreating her teenaged maid, often hitting Christian. On March 18, 1912, an argument between the two broke out as Belote accused Christian of stealing a skirt… Continue reading Teen executed for murder of her employer

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman

August 10, 1982 Richmond, Virginia Frank Coppola is executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of a woman Coppola was a police officer in 1978 when he and accomplices gained entry to Muriel Hatchell’s home under the false pretense of selling roses. They then restrained her with the cord of a Venetian… Continue reading Former police officer executed for the robbery, beating, and murder of woman