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

New Mexico

New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot

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

Female Killers · Illinois

Teenager beaten, strangled, burned, and dismembered

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

Missouri · Newspaper clippings · Racially Motivated

Man chained to roof, burned alive by lynch mob

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