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

Arizona · Female Killers

Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

January 1, 1963 Phoenix, Arizona Betty Smithey (20) strangles the 15-month-old baby she was babysitting Four years before the murder, Smithey (then 16) kidnapped a child she was babysitting. She took 18-month-old Mitchell Johnson from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hitchhiking or taking buses along the way. She and the toddler were found in… Continue reading Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

California · Newspaper clippings

Man kills 6 children in murder-suicide

December 19, 1968 Napa, California A man kills 6 of his 7 children, sets his house on fire, and kills himself The motive behind Charles Coatney Bray’s murder-suicide was marital discord, as his wife had recently filed for divorce. He left a suicide note addressed to his wife, though the contents were not released to… Continue reading Man kills 6 children in murder-suicide

Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom

December 17, 1968 Decatur, Georgia 20-year-old Barbara Mackle is abducted and buried alive in a ransom attempt Barbara was chosen because her father, Robert Mackle, was a wealthy land developer. A little before 4 a.m., Gary Stephen Krist and Ruth Eisemann-Schier knocked on the motel door belonging to Barbara and her mother Jane Braznell Mackle.… Continue reading Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom