Man kills woman, ostensibly as he sleeps

January 1, 1961Dunmow, Essex, EnglandWillis Boshears (29) strangles 20-year-old Jean Constable, ostensibly while he sleeps Boshears’ wife and children were away on holiday in Scotland at the time of the murder, and he decided to celebrate the New Year by drinking at a tavern. There, he met a man named David Salt (or Sault) who…

Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

January 1, 1963 Phoenix, Arizona Betty Smithey (20) strangles the 15-month-old baby she was babysitting Four years before the murder, Smithey (then 16) kidnapped a child she was babysitting. She took 18-month-old Mitchell Johnson from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hitchhiking or taking buses along the way. She and the toddler were found in…