The headless body of a pregnant woman is found

February 1, 1896Fort Thomas, KentuckyThe headless body of Pearl Bryan (23) is found The body of a decapitated woman, tossed into some bushes, was discovered by a farmhand on February 1. As her head was missing, identification proved difficult. The murder became an immediate sensation in the area due to the gruesome end the woman…

Man executed for the murder of his wife, ostensibly due to a feud with his father-in-law

January 21, 1881Danville, IllinoisFrederick Kester is hanged for the murder of his wife On the morning of August 22, 1879, Caroline Burmeister (also spelled as Bearmiester or Burmaster in contemporary newspapers) visited her sister Minnie Kester (alternately spelled Koester). Minnie was approximately 7 months pregnant at the time and Caroline often assisted with the chores…