California · Female Killers

Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

May 15, 1975 Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California Norma Jean Armistead kills Kathryn Viramontes to steal her baby Armistead, an obstetrics nurse, visited Viramontes at her apartment. Viramontes was then anesthetized intravenously and stabbed, receiving a deep gash to her neck which penetrated her spine. The victim was 9-months pregnant at the time of her… Continue reading Nurse kills pregnant woman, cuts baby from womb to claim as her own

Colorado

Man kills, dismembers roommate’s body, is found with severed hands in his luggage

December 21, 1979 Denver, Colorado Lewis Roger Moore (30) kills his roommate William Charles Kidd (23), dismembers the body, and scatters the pieces Moore had been paralyzed while incarcerated at the age of 18, when he was stabbed in the back by a fellow inmate during a prison riot, resulting in his spinal cord being… Continue reading Man kills, dismembers roommate’s body, is found with severed hands in his luggage

Florida

Man beats 8-year-old girl to death with hammer

October 22, 1976 Broward County, Florida James Franklin Rose bludgeons his former girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter Rose had dated Lisa’s mother, Barbara Berry, in the past, but she broke off the relationship due to Rose’s frequent bouts of jealousy over the male patrons of the bowling alley in which she worked. On October 22, Rose and… Continue reading Man beats 8-year-old girl to death with hammer

Australia · Newspaper clippings

Man disappears after contact with “UFO”

October 21, 1978 Bass Strait, Australia Frederick Valentich (20) disappears after encountering what some believe to be a UFO Valentich, described by his father as a “flying saucer enthusiast,” radioed the control tower to inform them of an unidentified flying object with four green lights was following him. When the control tower replied there was… Continue reading Man disappears after contact with “UFO”

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