England

Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town

June 15, 1851 Norwich, Norfolk, England William Sheward stabs his wife to death with a pair of scissors following an argument before dismembering her and casually scattering pieces of her body around town The Shewards quarreled about money, and in a fit of rage William stabbed Martha to death with a pair of scissors and… Continue reading Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town

Executions · Ohio

Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)

June 12, 1857 Toledo, Ohio Return Jonathan Meigs Ward is hanged for the murder of his wife Ward had been abusing his wife Olive for some time before the murder. Olive sent her children from a previous marriage to other homes, and attempted to flee on a train. In an effort to detain her, Ward… Continue reading Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)

Texas

Cousins kill boy, sever his limbs, and drink his blood

April 18, 1998 Donna, Texas Pablo Lucio Vasquez and his cousin kill a 12-year-old boy, dismember his body, and drink his blood The boy was David Cardenas and had met Vasquez (20) at a party. Vasquez and his cousin Andy Chapa (15) were walking with Cardenas away from the party and to another house when… Continue reading Cousins kill boy, sever his limbs, and drink his blood

Nevada · Newspaper clippings

Sonja McCaskie’s murder and dismemberment by high school student

April 5, 1963 Reno, Nevada Olympic skier Sonja McCaskie is strangled, raped, mutilated, and dismembered by an 18-year-old A babysitter caring for McCaskie’s 10-month-old son called police when she failed to come by for the infant. Officers were greeted by McCaskie's heart near the front door before they found her nude, headless body crammed in… Continue reading Sonja McCaskie’s murder and dismemberment by high school student

Female Killers · Japan · Serial Killers

The arrest of two of Japan’s most infamous serial killers

March 6, 2002 Japan Serial killers Futoshi Matsunaga (松永 太) and Junko Ogata (緒方 純子) are apprehended Matsunaga has previously been married (and had 10 known mistresses) before he and former schoolmate Ogata became romantically involved. He allegedly wished to marry Ogata but her mother objected due to Ogata suffering abuse at the hands of… Continue reading The arrest of two of Japan’s most infamous serial killers