England · Executions · Female Killers

Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

December 29, 1903 England Lovers Emily Swann and John Gallagher are executed for the murder of Swann’s husband Emily was married to William Swann who was known in the community to be in the habit of beating his wife. On June 6, William hit Emily enough to give her two black eyes which she initially… Continue reading Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

Missouri · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography

Family killed following argument over saddle

October 12, 1906 Near Licking, Missouri 20-year-old Jodie Hamilton kills five members of the Parsons family following an argument Hamilton had argued with Carney Parsons (alt. spelled as Carrie or Barney) over a saddle which Hamilton had found on a wandering horse and had not attempted to return to its rightful owner. Parsons threatened to… Continue reading Family killed following argument over saddle

California · Newspaper clippings

Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

From the San Francisco Call Published October 10, 1900 A teenage girl was found not guilty of animal cruelty after she poured boiling water on rats to kill them. The rats had been killing Belgian hares and pigeons Alice Carranza (between 15 and 17, pictured) kept as pets, and to exterminate the rodents, she caged… Continue reading Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

Australia · Executions · Female Killers

The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

October 6, 1909 Fremantle, Western Australia Martha Rendell becomes the last woman executed in Western Australia Rendell was convicted of killing her de-facto (common law) husband’s 14-year-old son, Arthur Morris. Arthur’s sisters, Annie (7) and Olive (5), also died under suspicious circumstances and were suspected to have been murdered by Rendell as well. Doctors at… Continue reading The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders