England · Graves

Unidentified woman found murdered, grave erected in her memory

August 15, 1821 Bedfordshire, England An unidentified woman is found with her throat sliced The well-dressed woman’s body was found under a tree in Blackgrove Wood, “her throat cut in two places, and otherwise much mangled and bruised” (Jackson’s Oxford Journal. August 25, 1821). An impromptu stretcher was fashioned from a door to bring her… Continue reading Unidentified woman found murdered, grave erected in her memory

Executions · Female Killers · Sweden

The last woman executed in Sweden, whose execution was less of a beheading and more of a bisecting

August 7, 1890 Yngsjö, Skåne County, Sweden Anna Månsdotter becomes the last women executed in Sweden Månsdotter, a 45-year-old widow, was convicted of killing her son's 22-year-old wife by strangulation. During trial, evidence of a long-term incestuous relationship between Månsdotter and her son surfaced and was presented as a possible motive for the murder. Månsdotter… Continue reading The last woman executed in Sweden, whose execution was less of a beheading and more of a bisecting

Executions · New York · Newspaper clippings

The electric chair’s first execution

August 6, 1890 Auburn, New York William Francis Kemmler becomes the first person in the world to be legally executed by the electric chair, though his execution was inhumane at best Kemmler was convicted of killing his common-law wife, Tillie Ziegler, with a hatchet. Because of the AC/DC war being waged between Alternating Current and… Continue reading The electric chair’s first execution

Disasters · England

The Illustrated Police News: “peeping tom” thrown into bath after being discovered; six nuns buried under debris of collapsed convent

Cover of The Illustrated Police News Published August 5, 1899 A man caught spying on female bathers was thrown into the bath and left “a sadder, wetter, wiser man.” Another article mentioned on the cover involves six nuns being buried alive, though “buried alive” is an optimistic approach to the story; the nuns’ “shockingly mutilated”… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: “peeping tom” thrown into bath after being discovered; six nuns buried under debris of collapsed convent

Crime Scene Photography · Female Killers · Massachusetts

Lizzie Borden’s father and step mother found bludgeoned to death

August 4, 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts The bodies of Abby and Andrew Borden are found Abby was making a bed in a guest room when her killer attacked. According to evidence, she had been facing her attacker just prior to being struck by a hatchet. The first strike hit the right side of the head… Continue reading Lizzie Borden’s father and step mother found bludgeoned to death