Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

December 4, 1896 McLeansboro, Illinois Benjamin Boehmer, alias Fred Behme, is hanged for the murder of his wife and child after his wife had their son baptized Boehmer and his wife Mary had been Roman Catholics before Boehmer converted to become a Methodist. The two separated briefly with Mary moving out of state to live… Continue reading Man executed for bludgeoning wife, hanging son after discovering son had been baptized

Texas

Man kills self by tearing off head in while driving

December 5, 2014 Dallas, Texas A man kills himself by decapitation during a public suicide Witnesses saw the man write the phrases “no codigo” (“no code” in Spanish) and “CODBO” on the side of his van in what is considered to be a suicide note before typing a rope around a fire hydrant and his… Continue reading Man kills self by tearing off head in while driving

Florida · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

December 3, 1995 Starke, Bradford County, Florida Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer is killed by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera Schaefer, a former sheriff’s deputy, was serving a life term for the 1972 murders of Susan Place (17) and Georgia Jessup (16). During Schaefer’s trial, the prosecutor explained the girls had been tied to a… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

Arizona

Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

December 2, 1999 Near Apache Junction, Arizona Shawn Ryan Grell drives his 2-year-old daughter to a remote location, douses her with gasoline, and sets her on fire For reasons that remain unclear, Grell signed his daughter, 2-year-old Kristen Salem, from her daycare, drove around the Mesa, Arizona area with the toddler in his vehicle, purchased… Continue reading Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

Germany · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills 8, including members of his family, with axe to hide embezzling crimes

December 1, 1924 Germany Fritz Angerstein kills 8 to cover his embezzlement from his employer Angerstein’s murder spree took the lives of his wife, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and five others, all of whom were killed with an axe or knife. He then set the bodies and the building on fire, ran to the garden to cut… Continue reading Man kills 8, including members of his family, with axe to hide embezzling crimes