Executions · Newspaper clippings · Texas

Man executed for rape “15 minutes after the arrival of the new year”

January 1, 1926 Huntsville, Texas Melton Carr is executed for rape Carr and another man, Elbert Kitchens, had been arrested for “criminal assault” (rape). The victim was Elbert’s wife Fannie Kitchens, and Elbert hired Carr to commit the crime for reasons the press did not divulge or speculate upon. Initially, both Carr and Elbert were… Continue reading Man executed for rape “15 minutes after the arrival of the new year”

Denmark · Female Killers

The death of Dagmar Overby, baby farmer

May 6, 1929 Copenhagen, Denmark Baby farmer Dagmar Overby (alt. spelling: Overbye) dies in prison Baby farming was the practice of accepting children (and a small adoption fee) whose parents were unable to care for them, then killing the children for profit. The adoption fee was intended to provide food and other necessities for the… Continue reading The death of Dagmar Overby, baby farmer

Mexico · Newspaper clippings

Man kills wife, 6 children, self

March 15, 1926 Chihuahua City, Mexico Efren (or Elfren) Loweree kills his wife and sons before taking his own life According to reports, Loweree told his six sons and wife to pray for their souls before beating them to death with a hammer. Loweree then decapitated the boys with a razor blade and shot himself… Continue reading Man kills wife, 6 children, self

New York · Newspaper clippings

Man kills family, self when he fears they will all starve

February 11, 1927 Utica, New York Guy Taylor kills his family and himself after becoming unemployed Guy, who had recently found himself unemployed, was suspected to have killed his family to spare them death from starvation. The bodies of the Taylor family were discovered on February 18, a week after the murders are believed to… Continue reading Man kills family, self when he fears they will all starve

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Texas

The first five people to be executed in Texas’ electric chair

February 8, 1924 Huntsville, Texas The first five inmates are executed by the electric chair in Texas The execution occurred in rapid succession described by the Albany Daily Herald as an “orgy of death,” resulting in a noxious fumes. A short interlude was given to witnesses who were “sickened at the odor of burning flesh… Continue reading The first five people to be executed in Texas’ electric chair