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I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.
At 6:52 p.m. on November 1, 1955 United Air Lines Flight 629, a DC-6B with 44 persons aboard, took off from Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colorado bound for Portland, Oregon. Eleven minutes later, the 39 passengers, including an infant and five crew members, were dead—killed instantly when the luxurious airliner crashed on a sugar beet farm near Longmont, Colorado.
After much investigation, Jack Gilbert Graham confessed to sabotaging the plane. Graham used a time bomb composed of 25 sticks of dynamite, two electric primer caps, a timer, and a six-volt battery placed inside his mother’s suitcase to murder her. His mother, Daisie King, was a passenger on Flight 629. Graham killed her - and 43 innocent people - to collect $37,500 in insurance money and a sizable inheritance.
The judge sentenced Graham to be put to death during the week of August 26, 1956 and Graham was executed in the gas chamber at the Colorado State Penitentiary on Friday, January 11, 1957.
Pictured: Wreckage from United Air Lines Flight 629
Gilles de Rais is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.
According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then set up the severed heads of the children in order to judge which was the most fair. The precise number of Rais’s victims is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200; a few have conjectured numbers upwards of 600. The victims ranged in age from six to eighteen and included both sexes. Although Rais preferred boys, he would make do with young girls if circumstances required.
It has been testified Gilles de Rais hung his victims with ropes from a hook to prevent the child from crying out, then masturbated upon the child’s belly or thighs. Taking the victim down, Rais comforted the child and assured him he only wanted to play with him. The victims were killed by decapitation, cutting of their throats, dismemberment, or breaking of their necks with a stick. A short, thick, double-edged sword called a ‘braquemard’ was kept at hand for the murders.
Amelia Dyer was a “baby farm” murderer in Victorian England who was responsible for possibly over 400 deaths over a period of over 20 years, yet was tried and hung for one.
Ameilia trained as a nurse, which helped her to acquire useful skills, and she found an easy way to make a living; by using her own home to provide living accommodation for young women who had illegitimately conceived and then farming off the babies for adoption or allowing them to die through malnutrition and neglect. Unmarried mothers in Victorian England struggled to find a source of income due to the law and society where single parenthood and illegitimacy were stigmatized. As a result, “baby farming” was established, where individuals acted as ‘adoption or fostering parents”, in exchange for money. Many of these businesses took in young women and cared for them until they gave birth, where the mothers then left their child behind to be nursed.
Carers who could not afford to look after children resulted to starving the farmed out babies, and noisy or demanding babies were sedated with alcohol which was easily available at the time. Many children died as a result of these practices. Death from severe malnutrition would result, but the coroner was likely to record the death as “‘debility from birth,’ or ‘lack of breast milk,’ or simply ‘starvation.’” Mothers who chose to reclaim or simply check on the welfare of their children could often encounter difficulties, but some would simply be too frightened or ashamed to tell the police about any suspected wrongdoing. Even the authorities often had problems tracing any children that were reported missing.
Keen to make money from baby farming, Amelia would take in expectant females as well as advertising to nurse and adopt babies, in return for substantial amounts of money and clothing. Soon after receiving the children, she then murdered them through neglect and starvation, pocketing the entire fee. For a long period of time she managed to escape the interest of police and the newly founded “NSPCC”, however she was eventually caught when a doctor became suspicious of the amount of child deaths in Dyer’s care. In 1890, Dyer cared for the illegitimate baby of a governess. When she returned to visit the child, the governess was immediately suspicious and stripped the baby to see if a birthmark was present on one of its hips. It wasn’t, and prolonged suspicions by the authorities led to Dyer having, or feigning, a breakdown. Dyer at one point drank two bottles of laudanum in a serious suicide attempt, but her long-term abuse had built up her tolerance to opium products, so she survived.
In January 1896, Evelina Marmon, a barmaid gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Doris, and gave it to Dyer for adoption, intending to go back to work and eventually reclaiming her child. Marmon intended to go back to work and hoped to eventually reclaim her child. Ameila took the child to London where her daughter was staying, found some white edging tape used in dress-amaking and wound it twice around the babies neck and tied a knot. Death would not have been immediate and as Amelia later stated, she “used to like to watch them.” With help, she wrapped the body in a napkin. The following day, she received another child and with no spare white edging tape available, she removed the corpse of Doris and used the tape around her neck to strangle the 13 month old boy.
On April 2, both bodies were stacked into a carpet bag, along with bricks for added weight. Dyer then headed for Reading. At a secluded spot she knew well near a weir at Caversham Lock, she forced the carpet bag through railings into the River Thames.