Alabama · Female Killers

Woman kills son to receive $175,000 from multiple life insurance policies

August 16, 2008 Russellville, Alabama Christine Scott kills her 6-year-old son Mason in a house fire The fire started in the Scott house on or near the bed of Mason’s brother, Noah (4). Christine told investigators Noah had been sleeping in her room when the fire started. She also claimed an outlet in the boys’… Continue reading Woman kills son to receive $175,000 from multiple life insurance policies

Florida

Woman abducted, restrained, and set on fire after robbery

August 12, 1984 Tallahassee, Florida Jeanne Bickner is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and set on fire Bickner had met Joe Elton Nixon in a mall parking lot when he asked for help jumpstarting his car. When they were unsuccessful, Bickner offered Nixon a ride home. During the trip, Nixon forced Bickner to a remote… Continue reading Woman abducted, restrained, and set on fire after robbery

Vietnam

Iconic “Napalm Girl” photo taken after 9-year-old is badly burned in napalm attack

June 8, 1972 Trảng Bàng, Vietnam 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc is photographed after being a victim of a napalm attack A South Vietnamese pilot mistook a group of fleeing South Vietnamese residents as an enemy group and attacked. The attack killed 4, including two of Kim Phúc’s cousins, and wounding many more. The bombing… Continue reading Iconic “Napalm Girl” photo taken after 9-year-old is badly burned in napalm attack

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