England

Man kills curiosities shop owner to steal sword

March 3, 1961 London, England Edwin Bush (21, pictured) stabs Elsie May Batten (59) to death in her curiosities shop Batten had been struck in the head with a stone jar and was stabbed several times with daggers she had for sell in her shop, one of which was left in her chest and another… Continue reading Man kills curiosities shop owner to steal sword

Scotland · Serial Killers · unsolved

Unsolved: Patricia Docker, Bible John’s first confirmed victim

February 22, 1968 Glasgow, Scotland Patricia Docker, the first confirmed victim of “Bible John,” is killed Docker visited the Barrowland Ballroom on February 22 where she presumably met her killer. She was found the following day, nude and strangled. The second victim was Jemima McDonald (sometimes spelled MacDonald), killed on August 16, 1969 while the… Continue reading Unsolved: Patricia Docker, Bible John’s first confirmed victim

California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

May 7, 1964 Near Danville, California Francisco “Frank” Gonzales shoots two commercial airplane pilots and himself while in the air, leading to the deaths of all 44 on board Gonzales (27) was despondent over his substantial debt from a gambling habit, as well as being recently separated from his wife of two years. He took… Continue reading Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

Japan

Man poisons 17, kills 5 to save himself “disrepute in his community”

March 28, 1961 Nabari, Mie Prefecture, Japan Masaru Okunishi (奥西勝) kills his wife, mistress, and three others with poison The mass poisoning occurred during a March 28 meeting of the Livelihood Improvement Group; Okunishi was the chairman of the group. Investigators found the wine served at the meeting was laced with agrochemicals, and 17 women… Continue reading Man poisons 17, kills 5 to save himself “disrepute in his community”