Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

March 30, 1899 Harrisonville, Missouri Edwin Bates Soper is hanged for the murder of his wife and two children In April 1891, Soper suddenly announced to neighbors and acquaintances he had heard of a local “blind tiger” (an illegal saloon) and had decided to move there, then quickly sold his butcher shop and moved away.… Continue reading Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

Maine

Man beats two women to death with axe during robbery

March 5, 1873 Smutty Nose Island (now spelled Smuttynose), Maine Two women are beaten to death with an axe while a third manages to escape On the evening of March 5, 1873, John Hontvet, his brother Matthew Hontvet, and John’s wife’s brother Ivan Christenson left their home to go fishing and trapping. A man known… Continue reading Man beats two women to death with axe during robbery

Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Woman is attacked by husband with knife and axe

February 12, 1885 Monroe, Georgia William McGaughey fatally attacks his wife Mollie The attack was in part witnessed by Mollie’s teenaged daughter from a previous marriage. The daughter, Mattie, stated she heard a thump come from a closed room and peeked through a knothole in the wall to investigate. When this proved too difficult to… Continue reading Woman is attacked by husband with knife and axe

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

Famous Last Words · Pennsylvania

Woman kills neighbor with axe

March 23, 2003 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Shonda Walter kills her 83-year-old neighbor James Sementelli by hitting him over 60 times with a hatchet Walter had amassed a sizable debt from student loans and court processing fees, and was reportedly afraid she would be sent to jail if she did not pay the court costs.… Continue reading Woman kills neighbor with axe