Executions · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

October 20, 1931 Chester, Illinois Merle (alt. spelling: Merley, Murley) Johnson is executed for the murders of his live-in girlfriend and her two sons On May 20, 1931, Johnson (25) shot Carrie Bowers (38) before he strangled her sons, Joseph (6) and Delmar (19 months). The boys were also bludgeoned with a car crank and… Continue reading Man executed for murdering girlfriend and her young sons

Arizona · Female Killers

Two women killed, one of whom is dismembered, and packed to be transported out of state to hide their murders

October 16, 1931 Phoenix, Arizona Two women are killed, allegedly by a jealous woman, before being stuffed in luggage to be transported to Los Angeles The victims were Agnes Anne LeRoi and Hedvig Samuelson, friends of Winnie Ruth Judd. The three apparently all had eyes for businessman Jack Halloran who was a known philanderer. On… Continue reading Two women killed, one of whom is dismembered, and packed to be transported out of state to hide their murders

Executions · Italy · Serial Killers

The execution of Italian serial killer who murdered and dismembered at least three women

October 13, 1933 Sarzana, Italy Serial killer Cesare Serviatti is executed Serviatti employed the use of newspaper advertisements to come in contact with women seeking marriage, only to rob, kill, and dismember them. On November 3, 1930, the body of a woman, chopped to pieces and stuffed in a suitcase, was pulled from the sea.… Continue reading The execution of Italian serial killer who murdered and dismembered at least three women

France · Political

The assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia, one of the first assassinations captured on film

October 9, 1934 Marseille, France King Alexander I of Yugoslavia is assassinated Alexander I had been the King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes from 1921 to 1929, until Alexander changed the kingdom’s name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Just before his assassination, he had arrived in France to strengthen the countries’ alliance and was being… Continue reading The assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia, one of the first assassinations captured on film

Newspaper clippings · Ohio · School Violence

12-year-old attempts to kidnap school principal at gunpoint to impress a girl

September 24, 1937 Toledo, Ohio During a strange ploy to impress a girl he liked, Robert Snyder (12) shoots his school principal and attempts suicide Snyder wanted to impress fellow student Gloria Moore by showing how tough he was. He went home while school was in session to retrieve his father’s gun and entered principal… Continue reading 12-year-old attempts to kidnap school principal at gunpoint to impress a girl