Racially Motivated · South Carolina

George Stinney Jr.: youngest person executed in the 20th century in the US

June 16, 1944 Columbia, South Carolina George Stinney Jr. is executed by electrocution at the age of 14, becoming the youngest executed criminal in the 20th Century in the United States Stinney was convicted of the deaths of two girls, ages 8 and 11. The girls had been beaten to death with a piece of… Continue reading George Stinney Jr.: youngest person executed in the 20th century in the US

Illinois

Woman shoots man she was obsessed with, US’s first recognized case of criminal stalking

June 14, 1949 Chicago, Illinois Obsessed fan Ruth Ann Steinhagen shoots baseball player Eddie Waitkus in the first recognized case of a stalker crime Steinhagen (19) had become obsessed with Waitkus while he played for the Chicago Cubs, collecting hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings of him. On June 14, Steinhagen sent a note to… Continue reading Woman shoots man she was obsessed with, US’s first recognized case of criminal stalking

Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Two infants beaten to death in hospital

June 6, 1947 Massillon, Ohio Two infant girls are beaten to death in their cribs The girls, Rosemary Morton (9 weeks old) and Diane Brand (8 weeks old) were found in their cribs by a nurse making her rounds. The babies were still alive when found, but fatally wounded. They died shortly after. The hospital’s… Continue reading Two infants beaten to death in hospital

England · Newspaper clippings

Alleged Bluebeard killer murders fourth wife

May 27, 1947 Southport, England Dr. Robert George Clements allegedly murders his fourth wife Clements is suspected of killing 4 of his wives, seemingly to gain access to their wealth. His first, second, and fourth wives were wealthy prior to their marriages to the doctor, and all died virtually penniless. Clemens himself signed the death… Continue reading Alleged Bluebeard killer murders fourth wife