Illinois · Newspaper clippings · Serial Killers

The first victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders

September 29, 1982 Chicago, Illinois The first two victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders are killed Beginning on September 29, random victims began dying after ingesting potassium cyanide-laced extra-strength Tylenol pills. The first victim was 12-year-old Mary Kellerman; six more would follow her to the grave. During investigations, it was determined each tainted bottle had… Continue reading The first victims of the Chicago Tylenol Murders

Nevada

Man kills another for harassing his friend

September 29, 1986 Nevada Troy Kell shoots James “Cotton” Kelly for sexually harassing Kell’s friend Sandy Shaw Shaw (15) had been harassed by Kelly (21) for some time, with Kelly calling Shaw’s house repeatedly and regardless of the time of day, and culminating with Kelly requesting nude photographs of Shaw. At the time, stalker laws… Continue reading Man kills another for harassing his friend

Missouri

Man shoots wife and 6 other relatives, tries to blame killings on 14-year-old victim

September 25, 1987 Elkland, Missouri James Schnick kills his wife and six relatives (including four children) and blames the murders on one of the victims Schnick was found by paramedics, writhing in pain from gunshot and stab wounds, while responding to a 911 call. His wife Julie was found dead in their bedroom, killed by… Continue reading Man shoots wife and 6 other relatives, tries to blame killings on 14-year-old victim

California

Couple murdered by hitmen hired by sons in “Ninja Yom Kippur Murders”

September 25, 1985 West Los Angeles, California Gerald and Vera Woodman are shot to death in their condominium’s parking garage by two men hired by their sons The Woodmans had just arrived home from a Yom Kippur dinner when two men, one of whom was described by a witness as “dressed like a Ninja warrior,”… Continue reading Couple murdered by hitmen hired by sons in “Ninja Yom Kippur Murders”

Executions · Florida · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for the torture and murder of his 9-year-old daughter

September 7, 1984 Florida Ernest John Dobbert Jr. is executed for the torture and death of his 9-year-old daughter Dobbert’s father had employed corporal punishment on his children as a means of discipline, a tactic he had learned from his own father. In turn, Dobbert would beat his own children to “keep them in line.”… Continue reading Man executed for the torture and murder of his 9-year-old daughter