Virginia

Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

December 18, 1996 Annandale, Virginia The body of an unidentified woman is found in a cemetery The woman, who is approximated to have been in her late 50s or early 60s, was found by a groundskeeper in a section of the cemetery designated for deceased infants. She had laid a clear sheet on the ground,… Continue reading Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

Florida · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

December 3, 1995 Starke, Bradford County, Florida Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer is killed by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera Schaefer, a former sheriff’s deputy, was serving a life term for the 1972 murders of Susan Place (17) and Georgia Jessup (16). During Schaefer’s trial, the prosecutor explained the girls had been tied to a… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Gerard John Schaefer killed by fellow inmate

Arizona

Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

December 2, 1999 Near Apache Junction, Arizona Shawn Ryan Grell drives his 2-year-old daughter to a remote location, douses her with gasoline, and sets her on fire For reasons that remain unclear, Grell signed his daughter, 2-year-old Kristen Salem, from her daycare, drove around the Mesa, Arizona area with the toddler in his vehicle, purchased… Continue reading Man sets fire to, kills his 2-year-old daughter

Florida

The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

November 29, 1992 Gibsonton, Florida Circus performer Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles, Jr. is killed by a 17-year-old hitman hired by his wife and stepson Stiles was born with ectrodactyly, a generic condition which fuses fingers and/or toes into a claw-like shape. Because of this, he joined his father, who also had ectrodactyly, and toured with… Continue reading The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

November 22, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Mitsuko Yamada (35) brings her neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter into a public restroom and strangles her with a scarf A total of 550 students had applied to a prestigious kindergarten; Haruna Wakayama had been one of 20 applicants to be admitted. This reportedly angered Yamada, whose daughter did not make the… Continue reading Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten