Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

February 23, 1906 Chicago, Illinois Johann Hoch* (pictured front left) is hanged for murder (* Hoch was the name he was best known by at the time of his execution. According to newspapers at the time, Hoch used a variety of aliases, changing both his fore- and surnames to suit his needs. These names included,…

Alleged Bluebeard killer murders fourth wife

May 27, 1947 Southport, England Dr. Robert George Clements allegedly murders his fourth wife Clements is suspected of killing 4 of his wives, seemingly to gain access to their wealth. His first, second, and fourth wives were wealthy prior to their marriages to the doctor, and all died virtually penniless. Clemens himself signed the death…

Serial killer Henri Désiré Landru born

April 12, 1869 Paris, France Serial killer and bluebeard Henri Désiré Landru is born Landru made a career being bluebeard, a man who repeatedly kills his wives or lovers, named after an old French folktale. He would publish lonely hearts ads seeking widows; World War I-era France had no shortage of widows. He would seduce…