School Violence · Wisconsin

Jr. High student shoots, kills principal

November 18, 1969 Tomah, Wisconsin An unnamed 14-year-old student shoots and kills his school principal The teen — who remained unnamed due to Wisconsin law at the time which protected the identities of offenders under the age of 16 — often had trouble with authority figures. In a “fit of anger,” the teen went to… Continue reading Jr. High student shoots, kills principal

New York

Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

November 15, 2004 Delmar, New York Peter and Joan Porco are found after being bludgeoned with an axe as they sleep Peter Porco was discovered dead from massive blunt head trauma at his front door. Blood evidence left at the scene showed that, despite having 16 major wounds to his face and head including a… Continue reading Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

Kansas

The Clutter Family Murders, the inspiration behind the novel In Cold Blood

November 15, 1959 Holcomb, Kansas Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith break into the Clutter home and kill the family’s mother, father, and two teenaged children Hickock and Smith had been serving time for unrelated offenses when they heard from a fellow inmate, former Clutter farmhand Floyd Wells, that Herb Clutter had a safe filled… Continue reading The Clutter Family Murders, the inspiration behind the novel In Cold Blood

California

Boy killed in restroom by man claiming to be acting upon God’s wishes

November 14, 1998 Oceanside, California 9-year-old Matthew Cecchi is murdered in a public restroom by Brandon Wilson (20) Matthew had been escorted by his aunt to the restroom, and she waited outside for him. Wilson entered after, sliced Matthew’s throat, and stabbed him in the back five times without making a sound. He then passed… Continue reading Boy killed in restroom by man claiming to be acting upon God’s wishes

Female Killers · Indiana

Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven

November 14, 2006 Elkhart, Indiana Angelica Alvarez kills her four children, ages 2 to 8, before attempting suicide Alvarez was found by her husband Fernando Valdez in the basement of their home, near the bodies of the four children. Each child had been given sleeping pills and strangled by Alvarez using her hands; at least… Continue reading Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven