Belle Sorenson Gunness (1859-1908?) was a serial killer who had moved from Norway to Chicago in 1881. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades. She became known as "Hell's Belle".
Christian fundamentalist Julia Lovemore, 41, killed her daughter Faith by stuffing her mouth with pages from The Bible then dousing her in white spirit and jumping up and down on her body. Julia Lovemore admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.
Chikatilo was a Ukrainian born serial killer and rapist. While in custody, Chikatilo confessed to over 50 murders and mutilations. He befriended, killed, and ate his victims. He admitted that his motives were solely for sexual gratification. The details of Chikatilo’s life and crimes are the stuff that nightmares are made of. This madman only halted his killing spree when he was finally arrested and identified after one of the largest operations in Russian police history. Chikatilo was…
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, 1961. Joan, a 19 year old Freedom Rider, was sentenced to two months in prison for her involvement in the integration of a Jackson, Mississippi bound train. She served more than the required two months because each addition day reduced her fine by 3 dollars. In the Fall of 1961, Joan transferred from Duke University to historically black Tougaloo Southern Christian College because she felt integration should be a two way street.
Feodor Vassilyev (c. 1707-1782) was a peasant from Shuya, Russia. His first wife, Mrs. Vassilyev sets the record for most children birthed by a single woman. She gave birth to a total of 69 children; however, few other details are known of her life, such as her date of birth or death. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of the 69 children born are said to have survived infancy
The Atlanta Child Murders: 28 young victims, mostly male and all African American, fell prey to a killer (or killers) between 1979 and 1981. Wayne Williams was arrested in June, 1981 and eventually convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of Jimmy Ray Payne and Nathaniel Carter. Williams was sentenced to life for each count. Although the murders stopped after Williams was taken into custody, there are many who believe that he was railroaded and did not commit all of the murders.