Canada · Female Killers

Torso of man killed by wife is found

March 16, 1946 Hamilton, Ontario The torso of a man, later identified as John Dick (pictured), is found The body was found by a group of five schoolchildren while they were hiking. They could not tell what the torso was at first but decided it was suspicious and elected to inform authorities of the discovery… Continue reading Torso of man killed by wife is found

Executions · Kentucky

Man executed for killing in-laws, neighbor after custody dispute

March 15, 1946 Eddyville, Kentucky Anderson Adkins (33) is executed for the murders of three and the attempted murder of a fourth At the time of the shootings, Anderson and his wife — identified as Mrs. Elmo Adkins — had recently divorced. Additionally, Anderson has been denied custody of their son Jimmy, which angered him.… Continue reading Man executed for killing in-laws, neighbor after custody dispute

California · Female Killers

Woman decapitates infant’s head on cutting board

March 8, 1943 Los Angeles, California Rosary Shelfo (23, pictured) kills her infant son Ross Shelfo was born on February 21, 1943 to Joseph (26) and Rosary Shelfo (also spelled Shellfo). Almost immediately, Rosary became insistent something was “wrong” with her baby. Joseph’s sister Mary Sidotl later testified Rosary believed “there was something wrong with… Continue reading Woman decapitates infant’s head on cutting board

Executions · Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

February 9, 1940 Reidsville, Georgia James Fisher (alias James Johnson) and Joe Mathis are executed for the murders of an elderly couple during a robbery On September 12, 1939, John E. and Emma Trainer (ages 73 and 72 respectively) were killed in the dining room of their home. The apparent motive was robbery; the couple… Continue reading Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Scotland

The last man to be hanged in Perth, for bludgeoning a woman with a shotgun

February 6, 1948 Perth, Scotland Stanislaw Myszka (pictured) is hanged for murder On September 26, 1947, Archie McIntyre left his home to have tea. When he returned, he found the home locked and there was no response to his knocks. He believed his mother, Catherine McIntyre, had possibly gone to have tea as well and… Continue reading The last man to be hanged in Perth, for bludgeoning a woman with a shotgun