New York

Man kills wife, apparently to begin a relationship with a model who did not know him

February 27, 1919 Long Beach, New York Dr. Walter Keene Wilkins (64) kills his wife but claims the death to be the product of a botched robbery On February 27, 1919, Wilkins reported a robbery which claimed his wife’s life. He claimed three men were burglarizing his home when he and his wife Julia interrupted… Continue reading Man kills wife, apparently to begin a relationship with a model who did not know him

Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for assault and murder of 4-year-old

February 13, 1915 Chicago, Illinois Roswell Smith (27) is hanged for the murder of 4-year-old Hazel Weinstein On July 7, 1914, Smith lured Weinstein into a vacant building where he sexually assaulted her and either smothered or strangled her to silence her cries. Smith then carried Weinstein’s body into a house “with the pose of… Continue reading Man hanged for assault and murder of 4-year-old

England · unsolved

Child’s body found stuffed under train seat

January 8, 1914 London, England The body of Willie Starchfield (5, pictured) is found stuffed under a train seat Willie’s parents were estranged, and he lived with his mother the majority of the time. On January 8, his mother left for work and placed Willie in the care of their landlady. The landlady sent Willie… Continue reading Child’s body found stuffed under train seat

Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

May 19, 1911 Greenwich, Connecticut Fred Husted, a wealthy farmer, informed his wife he felt too unwell to accompany her to run an errand. With Mrs. Husted out of the home, Fred convinced his 12-year-old son Lester to pull the trigger of a shotgun under the pretense he wanted to hear the firing mechanism to… Continue reading Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

Illinois · unsolved

Chicago’s “Shotgun Man”’s final known victim

March 26, 1911 Chicago, Illinois The “Shotgun Man” of Chicago kills his last known victim The Shotgun Man was never positively identified by police though witnesses knew the man by sight. Carrying a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun in broad daylight, the Shotgun Man would confront those who refused to pay the Black Hand, an extortion racket… Continue reading Chicago’s “Shotgun Man”’s final known victim