China

Man sets fire to kindergarten class, killing 12 and wounding 5

May 8, 2006 Gongyi, Henan, People’s Republic of China Bai Ningyang (19, pictured) sets fire to a kindergarten classroom, killing 12 and wounding 5 Two days before the murders, Bai and at least one other villager got into a disagreement over “trivial matters” involving a villager stopping Bai from using a newly paved road. Later… Continue reading Man sets fire to kindergarten class, killing 12 and wounding 5

Australia · Female Killers

Woman kills husband by lighting penis on fire to “purify” it after he had an alleged affair

December 8, 2008 Adelaide, South Australia Rajini Narayan kills her husband after she attempted to light his penis on fire for allegedly having an affair Rajini allegedly suffered physical abuse by her husband Satish within three weeks of their arranged marriage in 1986. When Rajini discovered Satish was having an affair, she purchased an “angel… Continue reading Woman kills husband by lighting penis on fire to “purify” it after he had an alleged affair

Female Killers · Wales

Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

October 19, 2012 Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales Melanie Smith sets fire to a pushchair, killing two adults and three children Smith and partners Liam Timbrell and Lee-Anna Shiers had had a tenuous neighborly relationship. Smith had become angry at a pushchair (stroller) frequently being left outside her flat in the building’s communal hallway, as well as… Continue reading Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

Massacres/Mass Murder · Sweden

Man obsessed with ex-fiancé kills 9, self

August 21, 1952 Scania, Sweden Tore Hedin kills 9 and himself after his fiancé left him Hedin, a 25-year-old police officer, had previously robbed and murdered a friend in November 1951 before setting the crime scene on fire. He was assigned to the case and, unsurprisingly, was unable to catch the killer. (Pictured, Hedin quizzically… Continue reading Man obsessed with ex-fiancé kills 9, self

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