Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

May 18, 1801 Dedham, Massachusetts Jason Fairbanks murders Elizabeth Fales after trying to force her into marriage Fairbanks (21) and Fales (18) had a friendly relationship, though whether this relationship extended into romance is not certain. What is known is Fairbanks was enamored with Fales, so much so he informed his friends he intended to… Continue reading Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

Executions · Louisiana · Newspaper clippings

Man murders 12-year-old after months of sexual abuse

May 13, 1892 New Orleans, Louisiana Dr. Etienne Deschamps (61) is hanged for the sexual assault and murder of 12-year-old Juliette Dietsch Deschamps was described in newspapers as a quack doctor, using hypnotic and magnetic techniques on his patients when he wasn’t practicing dentistry. He eventually became friends with Juliette’s father, Jules Dietsch, and Jules’… Continue reading Man murders 12-year-old after months of sexual abuse

Executions · New Jersey · Newspaper clippings

Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

January 3, 1884 Newark, New Jersey Two men are executed for murder in a double hanging The execution of Robert Martin, convicted of killing his wife and their infant as she held the baby, was botched. The Harrisburg Independent reported “the poor wretch who was condemned to suffer death at the hands of the law… Continue reading Double hanging — one execution is botched, the other involves a man who was mentally ill or disabled

England · Female Killers

Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

December 29, 1856 Walworth, London, England Martha Bacon kills her two young children and cuts her own throat Martha had recently been released from a mental hospital, placed there following accusing her husband of murdering his mother. While Martha’s husband Thomas was out of town, Martha’s aunt Harriet Payne sent her daughter to check on… Continue reading Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat