Arizona · Female Killers

Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

January 1, 1963 Phoenix, Arizona Betty Smithey (20) strangles the 15-month-old baby she was babysitting Four years before the murder, Smithey (then 16) kidnapped a child she was babysitting. She took 18-month-old Mitchell Johnson from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hitchhiking or taking buses along the way. She and the toddler were found in… Continue reading Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

November 22, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Mitsuko Yamada (35) brings her neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter into a public restroom and strangles her with a scarf A total of 550 students had applied to a prestigious kindergarten; Haruna Wakayama had been one of 20 applicants to be admitted. This reportedly angered Yamada, whose daughter did not make the… Continue reading Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

New York

After argument over noise, woman strangled, body posed to look like a suicide

November 1, 2006 Greenwich Village, New York, New York Actress/screen writer/director Adrienne Shelly is killed in her apartment and hanged to appear as a suicide after she complained to construction workers about noise Shelly (40) had been working in an apartment which she used as an office, and found noise from a construction crew in… Continue reading After argument over noise, woman strangled, body posed to look like a suicide

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