Florida · Newspaper clippings

Mother and daughter bludgeoned and “chopped to death,” their bodies left in their car

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Melbourne, Florida Published December 10, 1955 The bodies of a mother and her 7-year-old daughter were found bludgeoned to death by a sharp instrument, likely a hatchet. Their skulls were fractured, Patricia (the mother) was wrapped in a blanket in the front seat while Phyllis was stuffed in the car's… Continue reading Mother and daughter bludgeoned and “chopped to death,” their bodies left in their car

Executions · Female Killers · Vermont

The last woman legally executed in Vermont

December 8, 1905 Windsor, Vermont Mary Mabel Rogers becomes the last woman legally executed in the state of Virginia (Side note: there is an independent movie in the making about Mary's life, her husband's murder, and her execution. Check out the Facebook page here) Mary married her husband Marcus when she was 17 in 1900.… Continue reading The last woman legally executed in Vermont

England · Executions

Man hanged for murdering his grandson

December 5, 1900 Manchester, England Joseph Holden is executed for the murder of his grandson Holden took his grandson, John Dawes (8), from school, claiming the boy's mother required him to run an errand for her. He instead lead John to a quarry (the lane to which is pictured, from "Bury Murders" by Sean Frain)… Continue reading Man hanged for murdering his grandson

Canada · Female Killers

Grandmother inexplicably drowns her grandchildren and attempts to drown her daughter

December 3, 2009 Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada Jane LeMarsh, driving a car with her daughter (12) and grandchildren (Tyler Bernard, 10; Taiya Talbot, 6; pictured), steers into river in Wallaceburg, Ontario, killing her grandchildren LeMarsh had picked up her grandchildren from her daughter's house to get Christmas presents. For reasons unknown, she made a sudden U-turn… Continue reading Grandmother inexplicably drowns her grandchildren and attempts to drown her daughter

Arizona

Child murdered at request of mother to keep him from becoming like his father

December 2, 1989 Phoenix, Arizona Christopher Milke (4, pictured) is murdered at the request of his mother, Debra Milke, partially to collect a life insurance policy taken out on him and partially because she believed her son would be better off dead than grow up to be like his father Debra and Christopher moved in… Continue reading Child murdered at request of mother to keep him from becoming like his father