New Hampshire · Newspaper clippings

Man kills estranged wife, 3 young children in jealous rage

October 19, 1991 Concord, New Hampshire James Colbert strangles his estranged wife and smothers their three young daughters Colbert and his wife, Mary Jayne Jenovese, had married three years before the murders, though their marriage became strained almost immediately. In August of 1991, Jenovese reported Colbert had cut her with a razor blade. Colbert allegedly… Continue reading Man kills estranged wife, 3 young children in jealous rage

England

Four people burned alive, a fifth raped and strangled during robbery

September 1, 1986 Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England Four family members and a live-in nurse are murdered during a robbery The Cleaver family — Joseph and Hilda, their son Thomas, and Thomas’ wife Wendy — were eating dinner with Hilda’s live-in nurse Margaret Murphy when George Stephenson, John Daly, and George Daly entered their home. The intruders… Continue reading Four people burned alive, a fifth raped and strangled during robbery

California

Teenager murdered by three others who wanted to sacrifice her to help their band become successful

July 22, 1995 Arroyo Grande, California 15-year-old Elyse Pahler is killed and raped by three teenaged boys who claimed she was sacrificed to help their band go “professional” The boys, Jacob Delashmutt, Joseph Fiorella, and Royce Casey, were between 14 and 16 years old and were acquainted with Pahler. At trial, Casey testified for the… Continue reading Teenager murdered by three others who wanted to sacrifice her to help their band become successful

Maine

12-year-old abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled

July 6, 1988 Bowdoin, Maine 12-year-old Sarah Cherry is abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled Sarah had been babysitting an 11-month-old baby when she was abducted. The baby’s parents came home to find their child in the crib, unharmed. Sarah, who had “always been very reliable,” was no where to be found. Sarah’s body was… Continue reading 12-year-old abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled

Arkansas · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man executed for the 6-day killing spree which claimed the lives of 16, mostly his family members

June 25, 1990 Lincoln County, Arkansas Ronald Gene Simmons is executed for a 6-day murder spree in which he killed 16 people, including 14 of his family members as young as a year old Starting on December 22, 1987, Simmons began shooting, strangling, or drowning 14 members of his family: his wife, 6 daughters (one… Continue reading Man executed for the 6-day killing spree which claimed the lives of 16, mostly his family members