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.…

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…

Man kills wife, infant son, and step-daughter in 2-day spree

January 11, 1920Simmondley Moor, Glossop, Derbyshire, EnglandAlbert Burrows kills his wife Hannah Calladine and their infant son before throwing their bodies down a mine shaft; Burrows kills his step-daughter the next day Burrows, described in the Nashville Tennessean rather unflatteringly (as was the custom in newspapers covering a murder trial during that age) as “a…

Man kills 5 member of family, self due to extreme financial distress

October 5, 2008Los Angeles, CaliforniaKarthik Rajaram (45) kills his mother-in-law, wife, and three sons before killing himself Karthik had been experiencing severe financial distress, and was in “a rabbit hole … of absolute despair” according to LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore. He wrote two notes — one suggesting he considered only suicide while the other…