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
February 3, 1980 Santa Fe, New Mexico The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot ends on the second day The riot was sparked by guards encouraging inmates to turn into informants leading to the "snitches" being targeted in the prison, inadequate conditions -- including overpopulation (at the time of the incident 1,136 prisoners were housed in… Continue reading New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot
January 21, 2005 East Moline, Illinois Adrianne Leigh Reynolds (16) is beaten and strangled to death, set on fire, dismembered, and dumped by two fellow students Sarah Kolb (16 at the time of the murder) and Corey Gregory (also 16 at the time) befriended Reynolds after she moved to East Moline from Texas. On January… Continue reading Teenager beaten, strangled, burned, and dismembered
January 12, 1931 Maryville, Missouri A vigilante mob chains a man to the roof of a school and set on fire Gunn had been accused of attempting to rape and successfully killing a 19- or 20-year-old teacher. He confessed to the murder, though many suspect he confessed under duress during his interrogation. Even if the… Continue reading Man chained to roof, burned alive by lynch mob
December 19, 1942 California The caption accompanying this photo reads "Miss Maravene Terry burned to death caused by smoking a cigarette in bed. 1922 No Highland Ave Apt 16, 12-19-42."