Connecticut · Massacres/Mass Murder

America’s first mass murder

February 3, 1780 Washington, Connecticut America's first mass murder is carried out by Barnett Davenport Davenport was only 19 when he used a swingle, a 2-foot-long wooden knife-like instrument with a blunt edge used to beat flax for linen production, to murder his benefactors and their 8-year-old granddaughter. He then stole any valuables the house… Continue reading America’s first mass murder

Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Man murders woman because of “sudden impulse”

January 10, 1950 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Edward Lester Gibbs kills Marian Baker on a "sudden impulse" On January 10, Gibbs (25) offered Baker (21) a ride. She accepted as she was rushed that day, needing to finish work at the Treasurer's Office and had an appointment to have her hair done. Instead of bringing her to… Continue reading Man murders woman because of “sudden impulse”


Man kills wife, children, parents to keep a 2 decade lie about his job from being exposed

January 9, 1993 France Jean-Claude Romand, fearing his 18-year lie of claiming to be a doctor is about to be exposed, bludgeons his wife, sleeps next to her body, shoots his kids the following day, and his parents the day after Romand's deceit began by telling people he had passed a medical exam when, in… Continue reading Man kills wife, children, parents to keep a 2 decade lie about his job from being exposed

Illinois · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man murders children after wife asks for divorce

January 6, 1978 Rockford, Illinois Simon Peter Nelson bludgeons and stabs his 6 children to get back at his wife Nelson and his second wife had had marital issues for some time before Mrs. Nelson requested a divorce during a phone conversation. Nelson then bludgeoned his children (Jenny, 12; Simon Peter III, 10; Andrew, 8;… Continue reading Man murders children after wife asks for divorce

Crime Scene Photography · England · Newspaper clippings

Man robbed, murdered, and mutilated

January 1, 1911 London, England The body of Leon Beron, bludgeoned and stabbed during a robbery, is found Beron was a slumlord, owning several dilapidated houses he rented out. When his body was found, bludgeoned, stabbed 3 times, and 2 curious S shaped cuts ("like the f holes on a violin") carved into his cheeks,… Continue reading Man robbed, murdered, and mutilated