Man executed for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend

October 11, 1933London, EnglandRobert James Kirby (26) is hanged for the murder of his girlfriend Grace Newing (17) Kirby was reportedly unemployed when he met and began courting Newing, who was working at a sweetshop. Because of Kirby’s lack of employment, he was able to dedicate a large amount of his time to being in…

“Crime tourist” executed for murder

March 18, 1938 Tucker, Arkansas Lester Brocklehurst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of a man during a robbery Brocklehurst (sometimes spelled Brockelhurst) was a former Mormon Sunday school teacher turned “crime tourist,” as the press at the time referred to him. Beginning on March of 1937, Brocklehurst and his 18-year-old girlfriend Bernice Felton…

Unsolved: Woman is burned alive

January 6, 1931 Otterburn, Northumbria, England Evelyn Foster is found after being burned alive in her car Foster was a 28-year-old taxi driver, and was found barely alive near her scorched taxi. She drifted in and out of consciousness at the hospital but was able to tell investigators some of the details of her attack…

Man kills wife with hammer after an argument

October 2, 1931Harvey, North DakotaSophia Everlein-Bentz is killed by her husband Jacob Bentz Sophia (45) and Jacob (49) had both recently lost their first spouses to illness, and it was suspected Jacob convinced Sophia to marry him — despite the pair knowing each other for a brief time — to have access to the $75,000…

Family of 6 found mutilated in home

February 9, 1932 Moirax, France Six family members are found mutilated in their home Neighbors became suspicious after seeing Pierre Delafet (alt. spellings: Delafe, Dieulase, Diulafe) traveling on a bicycle on February 7, but none of his family was seen or heard from for the next two days. When they checked on the Delafet family,…