Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

June 21, 1930 New Haven, Connecticut A man throws his wife and four children from a cliff before jumping to his own death Raymond Sprang had been confined to the veteran’s hospital after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at the time referred to as “manic depression”). He escaped but explained to his family he had… Continue reading Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Woman stabbed, strangled by jealous man

June 19, 1939 Bronx, New York Virginia Bender (18) is stabbed and strangled by a former boarder in her family’s home Three weeks before, Bender had rejected Blazek’s affections. This resulted in an argument and Frank Blazek (29), a boarder, moving out of the Bender family’s home. On the day of the murder, Bender was… Continue reading Woman stabbed, strangled by jealous man

Executions · France

The last public execution in France

June 17, 1939 Versailles, Yvelines, France Eugen Weidmann becomes the last person publicly executed by guillotine Weidmann and two accomplices kidnapped, robbed, and murdered six people. The victims were strangled or shot in the nape of the neck. Spectators at the execution demonstrated such "hysterical behaviour" (the witnesses reportedly dipped handkerchiefs in Weidmann's blood as… Continue reading The last public execution in France

Female Killers · New York

Two women bludgeon, run over man for insurance money

June 14, 1934 Near Oneonta, New York Eva Coo and Martha Clift murder one of Coo's employees for insurance money Eva Coo was given responsibility over an employee with a intellectual disability by the name of Harry Wright (who was given the unfortunate nickname “Gimpy”) when Wright’s mother passed away. Coo was granted $2000 of… Continue reading Two women bludgeon, run over man for insurance money