Executions · Indiana · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for beating a real estate agent to death to steal deed to property

February 15, 1878 Madison, Indiana John Beavers is executed for bashing a real estate agent’s head with a rock during a transaction Beavers was convicted of killing real estate agent John Sewell on November 3, 1877. Sewell was beaten with a block of limestone weighing around five or six pounds which was left near his… Continue reading Man executed for beating a real estate agent to death to steal deed to property

Connecticut

Man kills family of five with a club and fire

February 3, 1780 Litchfield County, Connecticut Barnett Davenport (19) kills his employer Caleb Mallory, his wife Jane Mallory, and three of their grandchildren Davenport had been in trouble with the law since childhood; during his confession of the Mallory murders he admitted to committing several crimes as well as frequently battling the urge to kill.… Continue reading Man kills family of five with a club and fire

Washington

Family killed by two teen friends of one victim

January 4, 1997 Bellevue, Washington Four members of the Wilson family are found dead, killed by two 17-year-old friends of one of the victims The victims were parents Bill and Rose Wilson and their daughters Kim (20) and Julia (17). Kim was killed first, away from the home, late in the evening of January 3.… Continue reading Family killed by two teen friends of one victim

Florida

Teen bludgeons, stabs 9-year-old neighbor, keeps body under his bed

November 3, 1998 Jacksonville, Florida 14-year-old Joshua Phillips beats and stabs his 8-year-old neighbor Maddie Clifton and hides her under his waterbed mattress After his arrest, Phillips stated he accidentally hit Maddie in the eye with a baseball bat as the children played. He claimed that in a state of panic, fearing he would get… Continue reading Teen bludgeons, stabs 9-year-old neighbor, keeps body under his bed

Florida

Man beats 8-year-old girl to death with hammer

October 22, 1976 Broward County, Florida James Franklin Rose bludgeons his former girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter Rose had dated Lisa’s mother, Barbara Berry, in the past, but she broke off the relationship due to Rose’s frequent bouts of jealousy over the male patrons of the bowling alley in which she worked. On October 22, Rose and… Continue reading Man beats 8-year-old girl to death with hammer