Louisiana

An arsonist sets a fire at the UpStairs Lounge, killing 32 and injuring 15

June 24, 1973 New Orleans, Louisiana An arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge kills 32 and wounds 15 During the final day of Pride Week, members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a pro-gay rights church, had been discussing a fundraiser benefitting the local Crippled Children's Hospital. A door buzzer rang and when the door was… Continue reading An arsonist sets a fire at the UpStairs Lounge, killing 32 and injuring 15

China · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man angry about a clerical error responsible for lack of benefits sets self, bus on fire

June 7, 2013 Xiamen, Fujian, China Chen Shuizong (陈水总) sets fire to a bus, killing 47 including himself, hospitalizing 34, and seriously injuring 15 Chen, according to a suicide note left in his home, was angry at his life, specifically regarding the government's refusal to correct an error and give him social security insurance benefits.… Continue reading Man angry about a clerical error responsible for lack of benefits sets self, bus on fire

California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man accidentally kills self while murdering his family in a house fire

May 29, 1995 San Marino, California Leonardo Morita kills his wife, three children (10, 14, and 15), and 25-year-old live-in housekeeper in a house fire to collect insurance money After the explosion, Morita was found by emergency medical teams smelling of gasoline. They noted he had a box of matches and a paper towel in… Continue reading Man accidentally kills self while murdering his family in a house fire

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