Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Teen executed for killing woman and her son after he became “drunk with music”

January 6, 1928 Columbus, Ohio 17-year-old Floyd Hewitt is executed for the murder of a woman and her 5-year-old son On February 13, 1927, Hewitt (16 at the time of the murder) was visiting Celia Brown (27) to listen to their radio. According to Hewitt, the music made him “feel queer inside” and “drunk with… Continue reading Teen executed for killing woman and her son after he became “drunk with music”

Massacres/Mass Murder · North Carolina

Man kills wife, 6 of his 7 children, self

December 25, 1929 Germantown, North Carolina Charlie Lawson kills his wife and 6 of their 7 children before killing himself A few days prior to the murder-suicide, Charlie (43) brought his family to get a photograph taken together, a considerable expense and luxury for a working class family at the time. Because of the irregularity… Continue reading Man kills wife, 6 of his 7 children, self

Australia · Crime Scene Photography

Woman kills lover when he tells her his plan to marry another woman

December 21, 1920 Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia Dorothy Mort (32, pictured) shoots her paramour and doctor Claude Tozer (30) after he informs her he intends to marry another Tozer had been treating Mort for years for hysteria and nerves, and the pair eventually began an affair. Mort was married with two children while Tozer… Continue reading Woman kills lover when he tells her his plan to marry another woman

Poland

Woman kills 4 children, ties them to tree with barbed wire rather than let them starve (graphic)

December 11, 1923 Antoniówka, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland Marianna Dolińska kills her four children and hangs their bodies around a tree with barbed wire Dolińska had been suffering from depression when she hanged her four children — Zofię, 6 months; Antoniego, 3 years; Bronisławę, 5 years; and Stefana, 7 years — to death before tying their… Continue reading Woman kills 4 children, ties them to tree with barbed wire rather than let them starve (graphic)

Female Killers · Ohio

Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

December 6, 1927 Perry, Ohio Velma West (21) bludgeons her husband Thomas Edward West (25) to death with a hammer and table leg when he refuses to allow her to leave for a bridge party Velma was small in stature at 5’5” (165cm) and 107lbs. (48.5kg) while Thomas was around 6 feet tall (183cm) and… Continue reading Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party