China · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man “anguished deeply in heart” kills 8 including his lover and her toddler grandson

January 4, 2009 Luoyang, Suizhou City, Hubei Province, China Xiong Zhenlin (35, pictured) kills 8 people over 15 hours, reportedly due to romantic and financial difficulties Xiong had divorced his wife a few months prior to the murders, in September 2008. He became distraught and hoped to either reunite with his ex-wife or marry his… Continue reading Man “anguished deeply in heart” kills 8 including his lover and her toddler grandson

Germany · Religion

Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

January 2, 1621 Quedlinburg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (current day Germany) Heinrich Rosenzweig kills his wife and six children with a sword and axe Rosenzweig was a Jew in a time and place that saw much antisemitism, so the validity of the account is debatable. The woodcut-illustrated account of the murder reports Rosenzweig, a wealthy… Continue reading Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

New York

Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

November 15, 2004 Delmar, New York Peter and Joan Porco are found after being bludgeoned with an axe as they sleep Peter Porco was discovered dead from massive blunt head trauma at his front door. Blood evidence left at the scene showed that, despite having 16 major wounds to his face and head including a… Continue reading Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

Massacres/Mass Murder · West Virginia

Man kills wife, eight children with axe

November 10, 1805 Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) Abel Clemmons (alt. spelling: Clemmens, Clemons, Clemens) kills his pregnant wife and their eight children whose ages ranged from 1 to 12 Clemmons had been noted in “a gloomy melancholy mood” for several weeks leading up to the murders. Months before, Clemmons had been wrestling with the… Continue reading Man kills wife, eight children with axe

Serial Killers · Washington

Two women killed with axe by serial killer

October 30, 1947 Tacoma, Washington Serial killer Jake Bird kills Bertha Kludt and her 17-year-old daughter Beverly June with an axe Bird was apprehended on the night of October 30, shoeless and covered in blood, when officers Evan “Skip” Davies and Andres “Tiny” Sabutis responded to a call about a woman screaming. When Bird spotted… Continue reading Two women killed with axe by serial killer