Alabama · Racially Motivated · Serial Killers

Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin born

April 13, 1950 Mobile, Alabama Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is born Franklin murdered between 8 and 20 people from 1977 to 1980, as well as shooting and seriously wounding more. One of his surviving victims was Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt who was left paralyzed from the waist down. Franklin believed his murders were… Continue reading Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin born

France · Serial Killers

Serial killer Henri Désiré Landru born

April 12, 1869 Paris, France Serial killer and bluebeard Henri Désiré Landru is born Landru made a career being bluebeard, a man who repeatedly kills his wives or lovers, named after an old French folktale. He would publish lonely hearts ads seeking widows; World War I-era France had no shortage of widows. He would seduce… Continue reading Serial killer Henri Désiré Landru born

England · Serial Killers

The first victim of the Whitechapel Murders

April 3, 1888 London, England Emma Elizabeth Smith is attacked by two or three men, one of whom was a teenager, becoming the first victim of the unsolved Whitechapel Murders Smith survived her attack long enough to report the vague description of her attackers before slipping into a coma and eventually dying of her injuries… Continue reading The first victim of the Whitechapel Murders

Executions · Famous Last Words · Serial Killers · Texas

Would-be serial killer executed for murder of 2 teens

April 3, 2001 Huntsville, Texas Jason Massey is executed by lethal injection for the murders of 2 teens Massey had been obsessed with becoming a famous serial killer, writing in a journal “[m]y goal is to kill 700 people in 20 years.” He also was known to kill and dismember animals, claiming in another journal… Continue reading Would-be serial killer executed for murder of 2 teens

Nevada · Serial Killers

Photo of killer and victim hours before murder

April 1, 1984 Las Vegas, Nevada Serial killer Christopher Wilder watches Seventeen magazine pageant winner Michelle Korfman (seen in the foreground holding flowers) shortly before he abducted, raped, and murdered her Wilder was dubbed “The Beauty Queen Killer,” targeting beauty pageant winners and models. In a 6-week crime spree, he abducted and raped at least… Continue reading Photo of killer and victim hours before murder