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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Some from the past century

1895Theo DurrantKnown as “The Demon of the Belfry” Theo Durrant raped, murdered and mutilated Blanche Lamont in the Emanuel Baptist Church on April 3, 1895. Nine days later he did the same to Minnie Wallace. Durrant was captured and executed before he could kill more.

H. H. HolmesHerman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, may have murdered many as 230 people between 1888 and 1894. While only convicted of one murder, Holmes confessed to killing 27 and police believed he burned, asphyxiated and tortured many times that.

1887Kelly FamilyLike the Bender Family before them (see below) the Kellys operated in rural Kansas, preying upon travelers who stopped for a meal, dropping them through a trap door to the basement where they were robbed and murdered. They killed an estimated 11 people between September and December 1887
1885Minnie Wallace WalkupWhile never convicted, it is believed that Minnie Wallace Walkup poisoned her first husband James Reeves Walkup, her second husband John Berdan Ketcham, and her companion Delancy Horton Louderback.
1881Sarah Jane RobinsonSarah Jane Robinson, “The Massachusetts Borgia” poisoned her husband, her children, her sister, her brother-in-law, her nephew, and her landlord between 1881 and 1886.
1881Dr. Thomas Neil CreamCream was convicted of one murder in Chicago and was suspected of poisoning several more in the U.S.  before moving to London.  There he was known as “The Lambeth Poisoner” after he poisoned at least two prostitutes with strychnine. Some have speculated that Cream was Jack the Ripper.
1879Bender FamilyThe “Bloody Benders” murdered at least 10 people in Kansas between 1870 and 1873. Visitors were lured to their farmhouse where they operated a small restaurant. While guests dined, the male Benders would hit them from behind with hammers, rob them and bury their bodies in the yard.
1875Thomas W. PiperAfter being convicted of murdering 5-year-old Mabel Young in the belfry of the Warren Street Baptist Church in Boston, Thomas Piper confessed to murdering Bridget Landregan and Mary Tynam and attacking Minnie Sullivan.
1875Joseph Lapage17-year-old Josie Langmaid was raped, murdered and decapitated on her way to school in Pembroke, New Hampshire, by Joseph Lapage. Before his execution, Lapage confessed to a similar murder in St. Albans, Vermont. His sister-in-law testified that Lapage, wearing mask, had threatened her with a club and raped her.
1874Jesse PomeroyWhen only 14 years old, Jesse Pomeroy stabbed and mutilated 10-year-old Katie Curran. Four days later he murdered 4-year-old Horace Millen. Prior to the murders, Pomeroy had bound and tortured 7 children. Pomeroy was convicted of murder and spent the next 53 years in prison.
1864Lydia ShermanBetween 1864 and 1871, Lydia Sherman poisoned 3 husbands and 7 of her children. She was convicted of 2nd degree murder and died in prison.
1798Harpe BrothersIn 1798 the Harpe Brothers “declared war on all mankind” and murdered between 25 and 40 men, women, and children in Tennessee and Kentucky. Though they operated in the 18th century, they are included here because the Harpe Brothers are probably the earliest recorded serial killers in America. No doubt, earlier serial killers will be found.

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