Teen fatally shoots mother; the press blames the killing on jazz music, white bread, and movies featuring kissing

January 12, 1925San Francisco, California16-year-old Dorothy Ellingson shoots her mother Anna to death following an argument Anna confronted Dorothy regarding her delinquent behavior, including her habitual patronage of speakeasies — illegal bars established during the Prohibition of the United Stated. An argument broke out culminating with Dorothy shooting her mother and taking $45 (approx. $660…

Man kills wife, infant son, and step-daughter in 2-day spree

January 11, 1920Simmondley Moor, Glossop, Derbyshire, EnglandAlbert Burrows kills his wife Hannah Calladine and their infant son before throwing their bodies down a mine shaft; Burrows kills his step-daughter the next day Burrows, described in the Nashville Tennessean rather unflatteringly (as was the custom in newspapers covering a murder trial during that age) as “a…

Man executed for killing his wife for not leaving her job

November 9, 1921Chicago, IllinoisFrank Ligregni is hanged for the murder of his wife On December 21, 1920, Ligregni visited his wife Genevieve at the boarding school where she taught, after she invited him to spend the Christmas holiday with her. He attempted to persuade her to leave her job in Bartlett, Illinois and return to…