California · Serial Killers

The first victim of “The Gorilla Killer” is murdered

February 20, 1926 San Francisco, California Clara Newman is killed, becoming the first known victim of serial killer Earle Nelson (pictured) Before Nelson was identified, the press dubbed him the “Gorilla Killer,” as he was described, as the Northern Territory Times reported, as “a degenerate with huge hairy hands.” (As you can see in the… Continue reading The first victim of “The Gorilla Killer” is murdered

China · Executions · Serial Killers

Man executed for the murders of 67 over 4 years

February 14, 2004 Luohe, Henan, China Serial killer Yang Xinhai (杨新海) is executed Over a 4-year span Yang killed 67 people, sometimes slaying entire families at once. Yang’s weapons of choice were primarily hammers and meat cleavers, and he noted he used a new hammer during each attack. The spree stretched over four provinces which… Continue reading Man executed for the murders of 67 over 4 years

Executions · Female Killers · Germany · Serial Killers

Convicted serial killer Elisabeth Wiese is executed

February 2, 1905 Berlin, Germany “Angel maker” Elisabeth Wiese (51, pictured) is executed Elisabeth began a career as a midwife, though when she found herself unwed and pregnant, she switched professions to better provide for herself and her child. Elisabeth (whose surname was Berkefeld at the time) picked up the mantle of abortionist, which was… Continue reading Convicted serial killer Elisabeth Wiese is executed

England · Serial Killers

Serial arsonist lights fire at nursing home, claims lives of 11

January 5, 1977 Hull, East Yorkshire, England A fire overtakes a nursing home, killing 11 and injuring 19 The fire at the Wensley Lodge claimed the lives of 11, the victims’ ages ranged from 65-95 years old with the majority being over 80. Initially, the fire was ruled accidental, though it was later revealed to… Continue reading Serial arsonist lights fire at nursing home, claims lives of 11

England · Serial Killers

Final victim of serial killer Patrick MacKay killed

March 21, 1975 Shorne, Kent, England Serial killer Patrick MacKay kills his final victim, Father Anthony Crean On March 21, MacKay, who had violent tendencies since childhood and had been hospitalized for mental instability often, killed his final victim, a priest who had befriended him years before. Father Crean was forced into his bathtub where… Continue reading Final victim of serial killer Patrick MacKay killed