Executions · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

March 30, 1899 Harrisonville, Missouri Edwin Bates Soper is hanged for the murder of his wife and two children In April 1891, Soper suddenly announced to neighbors and acquaintances he had heard of a local “blind tiger” (an illegal saloon) and had decided to move there, then quickly sold his butcher shop and moved away.… Continue reading Man hanged for killing wife, children with axe

Australia

Man kills wife with speargun, kills toddler with same weapon 4 days later

March 23, 2003 Melbourne, Victoria John Myles Sharpe kills his pregnant wife Anna Marie Kemp (pictured) with a speargun John and Anna had been having marital difficulties for some time and, on March 23, the couple argued over a matter too trivial for John to remember. Eventually, Anna went to bed. During the evening, John… Continue reading Man kills wife with speargun, kills toddler with same weapon 4 days later

Massacres/Mass Murder · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Man kills stepmother, 4 siblings over financial dispute

February 19, 1901 Kennett, Missouri James Tettaton (29) is hanged for the murders of his step-mother and 4 siblings (Note: Newspapers report the family by a variety of names, including Tettalon and Tetterton, though the grave of Mrs. M. J. Tettaton establishes the correct spelling.) On April 25, 1899, neighbors of the widow Malinda Jane… Continue reading Man kills stepmother, 4 siblings over financial dispute

Mexico · Newspaper clippings

Man kills wife, 6 children, self

March 15, 1926 Chihuahua City, Mexico Efren (or Elfren) Loweree kills his wife and sons before taking his own life According to reports, Loweree told his six sons and wife to pray for their souls before beating them to death with a hammer. Loweree then decapitated the boys with a razor blade and shot himself… Continue reading Man kills wife, 6 children, self

Massacres/Mass Murder · Mississippi

Man kills 7 members of his family including wife and child

February 18, 1974 Jefferson County, Mississippi Frankie Lee Lias kills seven family members including his wife and their child Lias, 20 at the time of the murders, had fallen from a bicycle ten years before and struck his head. Since that time, he often remarked to friends and family members he received visions from God.… Continue reading Man kills 7 members of his family including wife and child