Massacres/Mass Murder

133 slaves thrown overboard to conserve water, collect insurance claims

November 29, 1781 Atlantic Ocean 133 slaves are murdered by being intentionally thrown overboard from the slave ship Zong transporting them At the time, it was common for slave traders to take out insurance on slaves as cargo. Sometime during the journey, it was noted the potable water supply was too low to safely reach… Continue reading 133 slaves thrown overboard to conserve water, collect insurance claims

Massachusetts

Doctor murdered, dismembered over debt (1849)

November 23, 1849 Harvard, Massachusetts Dr. George Parkman is murdered and dismembered by Professor John White Webster Parkman had lent Webster a considerable sum of money in 1842, and was taking his time repaying, accumulating a large amount of interest. In 1849 he borrowed some money from another lender, using the same collateral he had… Continue reading Doctor murdered, dismembered over debt (1849)

Texas

Father poisons children’s candy to collect insurance

October 31, 1974 Pasadena, Texas Ronald O'Bryan gives poisoned candy to his children, 2 of the neighbors' children, and a child he recognized from church; his son Timothy dies from the candy O'Bryan, his children Timothy and Elizabeth, and other children went trick or treating around the neighborhood. They came to a house and grew… Continue reading Father poisons children’s candy to collect insurance

Executions · Famous Last Words · Religion · Scotland

Reverend hanged for murder of wife

October 4, 1570 Spott, Scotland Rev. John Kello is hanged for the murder of his wife Rev. Kello's finances from the church were not enough to keep himself in a status he desired, nor were they enough to keep his mistress happy. He decided the best course of action would be to kill his wife,… Continue reading Reverend hanged for murder of wife