Executions · Famous Last Words · Virginia

Man executed for murder of family of 4

April 9, 2003 Jarratt, Virginia Earl Bramblett is executed for the murder of the Hodges family, including their young daughters In August 1994, the Hodges were murdered in their home before a fire was started to destroy evidence. Mr. Hodges and his 2 children, Anah (3) and Winter (11), were shot in the head while… Continue reading Man executed for murder of family of 4

Executions · Japan

Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

March 29, 1683 Suzugamori execution grounds, near Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan Would-be arsonist Yaoya Oshichi is executed for attempting to light a fire hoping to see a man she had met during a previous fire Oshichi, a 16-year-old-girl, met a temple page during a fire at the family temple the year before. Hoping to meet… Continue reading Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Mother kills self, three children over money woes

March 26, 1929 Toledo, Ohio A pregnant woman kills her 3 children and herself in a fire over money concerns The woman, Hazel Steyer (25), and her husband Gaylord had been quarreling over a substantial debt of $2,881.61 (approx. $42,000 today). In a letter to her parents, she asked for forgiveness for the murder-suicide and… Continue reading Mother kills self, three children over money woes

Disasters · Massacres/Mass Murder · New York

Happy Land Social Club Fire, set by man angry at his ex, kills 87

March 25, 1990 Bronx, New York 87 people die and 6 are injured in a fire set intentionally by a jealous ex-boyfriend at an illegally-operating night club Happy Land had been ordered to close in 1988 due to a lack of sufficient sprinklers and fire exits. Additionally, the club had blocked the few fire exits… Continue reading Happy Land Social Club Fire, set by man angry at his ex, kills 87