Connecticut · Massacres/Mass Murder

America’s first mass murder

February 3, 1780 Washington, Connecticut America's first mass murder is carried out by Barnett Davenport Davenport was only 19 when he used a swingle, a 2-foot-long wooden knife-like instrument with a blunt edge used to beat flax for linen production, to murder his benefactors and their 8-year-old granddaughter. He then stole any valuables the house… Continue reading America’s first mass murder

Executions · New Hampshire

First 2 people executed in New Hampshire, both women found guilty of killing their children

December 27, 1739 New Hampshire The first two people to be executed in New Hampshire, Sarah Simpson and Penelope Kenny, are hanged for the willful murder of their children The years leading to the executions and the murders that necessitated them, an illness (probably diphtheria) struck the area and saw a large portion of the… Continue reading First 2 people executed in New Hampshire, both women found guilty of killing their children