Female Killers · Italy · Serial Killers

Serial killer who sacrificed women to keep her son safe while at war, and who turned victims’ bodies into cakes and soap, dies while incarcerated

October 15, 1970 Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy Serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli dies Cianciulli had 17 pregnancies, though three ended in miscarriages and 10 of her children died young. Fiercely protective of her four surviving children, she became convinced the only way to protect her eldest son during his service in the Second World War was through… Continue reading Serial killer who sacrificed women to keep her son safe while at war, and who turned victims’ bodies into cakes and soap, dies while incarcerated

Florida

Man beaten, tortured, murdered, stuffed in crate, and covered with cement

October 4, 1976 Jacksonville, Florida Timothy Palmes (left) and Ronald Straight (right) torture and kill a furniture store owner Palmes had been dating Jane Alpert and had moved into the apartment she shared with her 7-year-old daughter; Alpert worked for furniture store owner James Stone. A month or two prior to Stone’s murder, Palmes and… Continue reading Man beaten, tortured, murdered, stuffed in crate, and covered with cement

Massachusetts · Racially Motivated

Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

October 2, 1973 Boston, Massachusetts Evelyn Wagler is forced by six teens to drench herself in gasoline and is lit on fire Wagler’s car had stalled on the evening of October 2. She grabbed a gas can and walked approximately 15 minutes to a gas station. On her return trip, she was attacked by a… Continue reading Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

Maryland · Newspaper clippings

Woman, infant stabbed in a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot”

September 23, 1977 Bowie, Maryland Carol Lewis and her 4-month-old daughter Heather are stabbed to death in what newspapers called a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot” Carol (27) and Heather were the victims of a murder conspiracy between Carol’s husband Lon Lewis (27) and Gene T. Meyer (27). The men had met… Continue reading Woman, infant stabbed in a “‘You Kill My Wife, I’ll Kill Yours’ plot”

New York · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer bludgeons, stabs man

September 14, 1977 New York Paul Bateson bludgeons Addison Verrill with a skillet and stabs him in the heart Bateson and Verrill met at a Greenwich Village bar before going to Verrill’s apartment for consensual sex. Afterward, Bateson crushed Verrill’s skull with a skillet and stabbed him in the heart. Verrill was a well-known film… Continue reading Suspected serial killer bludgeons, stabs man