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

Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

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