Man murders children after wife asks for divorce

January 6, 1978 Rockford, Illinois Simon Peter Nelson bludgeons and stabs his 6 children to get back at his wife Nelson and his second wife had had marital issues for some time before Mrs. Nelson requested a divorce during a phone conversation. Nelson then bludgeoned his children (Jenny, 12; Simon Peter III, 10; Andrew, 8;…

Man kills 3, including 2 bystanders, for revenge

January 3, 2003 Albuquerque, New Mexico Karl Knapp kills his former girlfriend, her boss, and an employee of another business before shooting himself Knapp, an alleged alcoholic and meth user, had been abusive towards his girlfriend, Jane Johnson. Johnson had recently left Knapp due to his violent temper. Armed with a 9mm, Knapp visited Johnson's…

Mass shooting ends in suicide

September 9, 2001 Sacramento, California Joseph Ferguson, allegedly upset about being suspended from his security job, kills 5 people before shooting himself Ferguson (20) and his co-worker, Nina Susu (20) had recently stopped dating. In anger, he reportedly vandalized Susu's car which led to his suspension. On September 9, Ferguson used an AK-47, a shotgun,…

Man kills neighbors after gate stolen

September 6, 1949 Camden, New Jersey Howard Unruh began a "Walk of Death" in which he shot at his neighbors while he leisurely walked down the street, killing 13 and wounding 3 Unruh became paranoid of his neighbors and kept a diary of all the things he believed they said against him. Next to some…

Man dies of wounds following gun attack

August 28, 1926 Chicago, Illinois An article in the Chicago Daily Tribune describes the event of a maniac on a shooting rampage and the barber who stopped him with a bullet between the eyes. Because the murderer, Joseph Mazza, was an employee of the railroad terminal, it was suspected he held a grievance towards his…