Man kills parents, 2 brothers

December 11, 1985Lathrop, MissouriFour members of the Sloan family are killed in their home by the eldest son Early on December 11, Jeffery Sloan (19) entered his parent’s bedroom with a .38 caliber pistol and shot his father, Paul, as he slept. The bullet struck Paul in the chin and passed through his neck. The…

The Queen Street Massacre

December 8, 1987Melbourne, AustraliaFrank Vitkovic (22) begins a shooting spree ending in the deaths of 9 including himself At 4:20 p.m., Vitkovic entered a building on Queen Street in Melbourne and briefly spoke with a former friend — and apparent primary target — before he drew a sawed off M1 carbine he had concealed in…

The world’s worst industrial disaster claims the lives of at least 3,500 after a massive gas leak from a pesticide plant

December 3, 1984Bhopal, India40 tons of toxic gas is released from a pesticide plant, killing an estimated 3,800 immediately and affecting hundreds of thousands in the decades after Warning: This article contains images which may be considered graphic. Discretion is advised. Shortly after midnight on December 3, 40 tons (36 metric tons) of methyl isocyanate…

Woman kills husband, children, self

January 18, 1983 Aplington, Iowa Ethel Mae Franken kills her husband and their three children before killing herself Ethel had recently been released from the hospital following five weeks of therapy — which included electroshock treatments — for “a nervous breakdown.” Friends and family later stated Ethel had seemed to be doing well emotionally following…