California

Young child dies of abuse at the hands of family members

July 21, 1995 San Diego, California 4-year-old Genny Rojas dies after months of abuse from her aunt and uncle Genny had been placed with aunt and uncle while her mother was in a drug rehabilitation program and her father was in prison for child molestation. During her stay with Veronica and Ivan Gonzales, she endured… Continue reading Young child dies of abuse at the hands of family members

Nebraska · Religion

Man tortured and murdered by cult leader

April 29, 1984 Nebraska After prolonged humiliation and torture, James Thimm is murdered by antisemite, white supremacist, and cult leader Michael Wayne Ryan Ryan had set up a commune on a farm near Rulo, Nebraska, convincing 21 others he was in direct contact with Yahweh. Early orders to his followers, by direction of Yahweh, involved… Continue reading Man tortured and murdered by cult leader

England

Teen tortured for weeks before murdered by 48-year-old boyfriend

April 16, 1996 Manchester, England James Patterson Smith (48) tortures his 17-year-old girlfriend Kelly Anne Bates for 4 weeks before drowning her in a bathtub Smith had a history of abuse (including severely beating a girlfriend while she was pregnant with his child) and statutory rape in relationships before he had met Kelly Anne when… Continue reading Teen tortured for weeks before murdered by 48-year-old boyfriend

Pennsylvania

Torture, murder, and dismemberment of teen

December 17, 1938 Pennsylvania 19-year-old Margaret Martin is abducted, tortured, sexually assaulted, and murdered Martin was last seen getting into a car after a brief conversation with a man; she had told family a man had contacted her for a secretarial position and it is suspected the man in the automobile was the same who… Continue reading Torture, murder, and dismemberment of teen