Indiana

Teen murdered after prolonged torture and rape

February 7, 1987 Terre Haute, Indiana Bill Benefiel kills 19-year-old Delores Wells after raping and torturing her The abuse Wells suffered at the end of her life was witnessed by another kidnapped victim, a 17-year-old girl held captive for approximately 4 months before Wells' murder. The younger victim saw Benefiel naked and handcuffed to a… Continue reading Teen murdered after prolonged torture and rape

Nebraska

The murder of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert, and Phillip DeVine

December 31, 1993 Humboldt, Nebraska 21-year-old Brandon Teena is murdered along with 2 friends after reporting a gang rape Teena was a trans man, a fact that was discovered at a Christmas Eve party when two men, suspicious about Teena's anatomical sex, forced him to remove his pants. The men, John Lotter and Tom Nissen,… Continue reading The murder of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert, and Phillip DeVine

Oklahoma

Man rapes, murders woman, kills 2 more in 2 other states while fleeing

December 23, 1999 Bixby, Oklahoma Steven Ray Thacker kills 25-year-old Laci Dawn Hill after a failed robbery attempt Hill had placed an ad attempting to sell a pool table and Thacker met her at her home under the pretense of wishing to buy it. He tried to rob her but when that failed he kidnapped… Continue reading Man rapes, murders woman, kills 2 more in 2 other states while fleeing

El Salvador · Religion

Missionaries murdered by soldiers

December 2, 1980 El Salvador Four missionaries are kidnapped, beaten, raped, and murdered by El Salvador National Guard soldiers The victims were Maura Clarke (49, New York), Ita Ford (40, New York), Dorothy Kazel (40, Cleveland), and Jean Donovan (27, Cleveland). Originally, the Salvadoran government claimed the women were victims of a robbery. However, in… Continue reading Missionaries murdered by soldiers

Australia

The murder of Sian Kingi

November 27, 1987 Tinbeerwah, Queensland, Australia Sian Kingi (12, pictured) is kidnapped, raped, strangled, and stabbed to death Kingi was abducted when Barrie Watts and then-wife Valmae Beck persuaded her into their van under the false pretense of looking for a lost poodle. She was driven 12km (approximately 7.5 miles) to a remote area where… Continue reading The murder of Sian Kingi