Man executed for former sister-in-law’s murder

March 15, 1946Eddyville, KentuckyAnderson Adkins (34, pictured center) is executed for a murder committed during a custody dispute Anderson and his wife, Elmo Bentley Adkins, had recently divorced, and Anderson had blamed the influence of his in-laws for the dissolution of his marriage. Elmo had been granted custody of the couple’s 11-year-old son and Adkins…

Woman killed in her apartment by serial killer

March 6, 1945Washington, D.C.Nancy Boyer is killed by Joseph Medley in her apartment Medley had been serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in Michigan State Prison for armed robbery and kidnapping when he approached the warden on November 27, 1944. He claimed he wanted to go downstairs to speak with the other inmates and collect…

Man dies 3 days after drinking poisoned milk

February 27, 1941Memphis, TennesseeWalter Lewis Samples (69) dies after drinking poisoned milk Samples found a delivery of milk on his porch on February 24, 1941. He was confused by its presence as he had not ordered milk for that day, and it was from a different dairy farm than the one he was typically delivered.…

Man shoots, kills long-time lover, claims to not remember why

February 15, 1940Ely, NevadaJohn “Jack” Kramer shoots and kills his long-time lover Frances Jones Kramer had met Jones (who at the time was Mrs. Frances Wilson) in 1922 at a Tonopah, Nevada dance hall where she was employed. Kramer moved to Kimberly, Nevada (approximately 170 miles/275km away) the following year, and Jones followed shortly after.…