It’s October, and I haven’t posted anything about Halloween! It has always been my favorite holiday. I love dressing up, eating candy, and all of the decorations! I’m not a huge fan of horror films, but I enjoy a good haunted house (if I’m paying like $30 to walk through a warehouse, though, I better die from fear) and some murder-mysteries.
Inspired by Rachel’s post about the murder of JonBenét, here are five interesting murder mysteries that I’ve found on Wikipedia recently. (One thing turns into another, you know, and then you’re down a rabbit hole of weird shit on the world’s free encyclopedia.) I have listed content warnings and given a brief summary for each.
01. Joyce Vincent
Content Warnings: domestic violence
Quick Summary: This isn’t really a murder mystery, but it’s a wild story about a young woman who died in her bedsit (similar to an apartment) and went unnoticed for over two years. It’s a sad story. I wonder who her (likely abusive) boyfriend/ex-boyfriend was and what happened to him. I wonder how she died, if it was asthma or ulcer or something else (maybe she was murdered, found by her abusive boyfriend).
See also: ‘Joyce Carol Vincent’ article on The Guardian
02. Lizzie Borden
Content Warnings: mentions of possible past sexual abuse
Quick Summary: Lizzie Borden was/is the prime suspect in the double-murder case of her father and stepmother. This was an interesting read in that it was apparently a famous case in the 19th century, and it continues to be unsolved 125 years later. I think the maternal uncle, John Morse, should have been looked at more closely (there isn’t much in the Wikipedia article on him/his whereabouts at the time of the murder), but let me know what you think!
03. June and Jennifer Gibbons
Content Warnings: psychiatric hospital stays, bullying
Quick Summary: Also known as “The Silent Twins”, June and Jennifer were twins who only spoke to each other. They spent some time in a psychiatric hospital and were being transferred to another place when Jennifer mysteriously died, thereby “releasing” June to live a “normal” life. I might buy this book (or maybe a more recent book) to read more about them because the only in-depth article that existed appears to have been taken down.
04. Hinterkaifeck Murders
Content Warnings: incest, death of children
Quick Summary: A family of five, the Grubers, and their maid were killed on their farm — the same farm their previous maid had claimed was haunted. After the murder, the murderer lived in their farmhouse and tended to their cattle for days.
05. Villisca Axe Murders
Content Warnings: graphic depiction of death of children, sexual abuse
Quick Summary: In 1912, the Moores, a family of six, and two young girls (friends of one of the Moore daughters) were murdered in the middle of the night by someone with an axe. From the one Wikipedia article I’ve read (because it clearly makes me an expert), I think it was Andrew Sawyer — Dyer (his new boss) claimed Sawyer had muddy shoes and pants wet to his knees the day of the murder, and Sawyer’s son claimed that Sawyer knew the murderer’s escape route, which included soggy ground and a creek. Sawyer was dismissed because he was on a train out of a different city in Iowa the night of the murders — but that was at 11 pm and the murders were between midnight and 5 am, a pretty big window of time.
See also: The Josiah B and Sara Moore House
See also: Villisca Axe Murder House Official Site (photo source)
See also: The Axeman of New Orleans
And that’s all I’ve got! I highly recommend you check out Rachel’s post about JonBenét (and the documentary on Netflix, “Casting JonBenét”). If you’re interested in weird deaths, check out Wikipedia’s List of Unusual Deaths. It’s fascinating and dates back to antiquity. (Seriously, apparently in Greece in 206 BC, Chryssipus laughed to death.) Send me links to other murder mysteries! I’m especially interested in these things during this time of year.