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

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

England

Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

December 28, 1811 Clerkenwell, London, England Suspected murderer John Williams is found hanged in his cell Williams, alias John Murphy, was suspected of killing seven in two separate attacks. The first, carried out December 7, 1811, involved the murders of Timothy and Celia Marr, their 14-week-old son, and apprentice James Gowan in the Marrs’ shop.… Continue reading Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

Newspaper clippings · Oregon

Fire at Christmas festival kills 41, injures 16

December 24, 1894 Silver Lake, Oregon An accident causes the fiery deaths of 41 and the injuries of 16 The fire started when a man attempted to get a better view of a Christmas festival. As the man stood on a bench, his head struck an oil lamp and sent the flaming liquid on the… Continue reading Fire at Christmas festival kills 41, injures 16