Female Killers · Wales

Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

October 19, 2012 Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales Melanie Smith sets fire to a pushchair, killing two adults and three children Smith and partners Liam Timbrell and Lee-Anna Shiers had had a tenuous neighborly relationship. Smith had become angry at a pushchair (stroller) frequently being left outside her flat in the building’s communal hallway, as well as… Continue reading Woman burns 5 to death, including 3 children, because of pushchair left in hallway

Massachusetts · Racially Motivated

Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

October 2, 1973 Boston, Massachusetts Evelyn Wagler is forced by six teens to drench herself in gasoline and is lit on fire Wagler’s car had stalled on the evening of October 2. She grabbed a gas can and walked approximately 15 minutes to a gas station. On her return trip, she was attacked by a… Continue reading Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

Illinois

Teen burned alive in garbage can, killer(s) still at large

September 17, 2016 Chicago, Illinois 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. is burned alive in a 55-gallon metal garbage can Demetrius had suffered burns so extensive his body was unrecognizable; investigators identified his remains through dental records. Due to the condition of his body, the medical examiner took over a month to determine Demetrius’ cause of death:… Continue reading Teen burned alive in garbage can, killer(s) still at large

England

Four people burned alive, a fifth raped and strangled during robbery

September 1, 1986 Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England Four family members and a live-in nurse are murdered during a robbery The Cleaver family — Joseph and Hilda, their son Thomas, and Thomas’ wife Wendy — were eating dinner with Hilda’s live-in nurse Margaret Murphy when George Stephenson, John Daly, and George Daly entered their home. The intruders… Continue reading Four people burned alive, a fifth raped and strangled during robbery