Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

June 21, 1930 New Haven, Connecticut A man throws his wife and four children from a cliff before jumping to his own death Raymond Sprang had been confined to the veteran’s hospital after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at the time referred to as “manic depression”). He escaped but explained to his family he had… Continue reading Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

Female Killers · Nevada

First (and currently only) woman legally executed in Nevada

June 20, 1890 Elko, Nevada Elizabeth Potts becomes the first (and currently the only) woman legally executed in Nevada Elizabeth and her husband Josiah were convicted of the murder of Miles Faucett, a man they owed money. He visited the couple on January 1, 1888 and was never seen alive again. The Potts produced a… Continue reading First (and currently only) woman legally executed in Nevada

Female Killers · Massacres/Mass Murder · Texas

Mother suffering from diagnosed postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis drowns 5 children to save their souls

June 20, 2001 Houston, Texas Andrea Yates drowns her 5 children to supposedly save their souls from Satan Andrea, who had 5 children in a 7 year timespan, was suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. She became depressed after her fourth child; she was found shaking and chewing her fingertips on June 16, 1999… Continue reading Mother suffering from diagnosed postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis drowns 5 children to save their souls

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Utah

Man executed for killing five in a “wild orgy of death,” sticks out tongue in lieu of a final statement

June 19, 1944 Utah Austin Cox is executed by firing squad for killing five people in a "wild orgy of death" Cox had flown into a jealous rage upon hearing of his ex-wife's new residence. (The couple had been married for only seven weeks and had recently divorced after she accused him of battery and… Continue reading Man executed for killing five in a “wild orgy of death,” sticks out tongue in lieu of a final statement