South Dakota

Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

December 31, 1936 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Two members of a robbery gang are attacked and left in a powder house before it explodes The victims were Floyd H. Parker (alias Harold Baker) and his girlfriend Helen Sieler. It was originally speculated the pair were attacked to silence them about a recent robbery, though it… Continue reading Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

Executions · Female Killers · South Africa

Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

December 30, 1932 Pretoria, South Africa Daisy Louisa C. de Melker is hanged for the murder of her son In April 1932, De Melker, described by newspapers as “a trim, handsome little woman of 44,” was arrested for the poisoning murders of two husbands and her 20-year-old son. Her first husband, William Alfred Cowle (sometimes… Continue reading Woman suspected of killing several family members hanged for murder of son

Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Unknown person gasses first of several houses

December 22, 1933 Haymakertown, Virginia A “mad gasser” attacks the first of several houses The gasser attacked the home of Cal Huffman late on the evening of December 22. A strange smell permeated the home on three separate occasions during the night, the last of which was strong enough to nauseate seven of the eight… Continue reading Unknown person gasses first of several houses

Massacres/Mass Murder · Wisconsin

Man kills family, self after botched robbery

December 9, 1939 Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Donald Cameron begins a 45-minute robbery-murder spree, killing himself and four relatives, and fatally wounding a robbery victim Shortly before 1 a.m., Cameron punched gas station attendant Earl Redard to steal $22.42 in cash. As he fled the scene, two men arrived at the filling station. Redard ran to… Continue reading Man kills family, self after botched robbery

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

The death of “Baby Face” Nelson

November 26, 1934 Barrington, Illinois George “Baby Face” Nelson is fatally shot by federal agents Nelson, born Lester Joseph Gillis, was given the nickname “Baby Face” due to his youthful appearance, though it was a nickname few used to address Nelson directly. Instead, colleagues called him “Jimmy.” Nelson was a career criminal and had many… Continue reading The death of “Baby Face” Nelson