Two brothers–Artie and Jim Mitchell–had created a booming porn business in 1970s LA. But success came with problems, and on February 27, 1991, Jim shot Artie after an argument. A computer simulation video, breakthrough technology at the time, helped sway the jury to convict Jim.
Marie Hilley, who killed her husband with poison and attempted to do away with her daughter in the same way, was so well-behaved in prison that officials gave her a three-day furlough. After walking out of prison, she spent four days crawling around in cold, muddy woods until she was found on February 26, 1987, and brought to a hospital where she died.
On January 22, 2006, the bodies of Rachel Entwistle and 9-month-old Lillian were found in their Hopkinton, Mass., home. Father and husband Neil Entwistle was charged with the crimes, convicted, and sentenced to life without parole. He was initially jailed at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center–a bit of irony considering Rachel’s maiden name was Souza. See the case in photos.
On January 16, 1991, Aileen Wuornos went to police and confessed to killing seven men. After describing what she had done with the men, she said that she had confessed because, “I want to get right with God.”
On January 15, 1878, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house and killed two girls who were sleeping inside. Before leaving, he wiped the room clean, but one crucial piece of evidence was left behind: a bite mark on the buttock of one of the victims. This bite mark would become a central piece of evidence in Bundy’s trial and conviction.
On January 9, 1993, Jean-Claude Romand, weighed down by his own deception, murdered his wife, children, parents, and dog. Romand had lied about finishing medical school, being a humanitarian doctor, and having cancer.
On December 28, 1990, serial killer Larry Eyler was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder. He’d later be sentenced to death, but the state would never get to carry out their grim task; Larry died in prison of AIDS.
Around 10 p.m. on December 27, 1974, college student Lucy Partington was on her way to catch a bus home after visiting a friend. She had the misfortune to meet up with Fred and Rose West, who abducted her. She was tortured for approximately a week and then murdered, dismembered and buried in Fred’s construction projects.
On December 26, 1980, a jail guard found serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dead in his cell. After a childhood of killing cats, the schizophrenic Chase grew up to become “The Vampire of Sacramento,” killing six people in California’s capital.
On December 20, 1968, the Zodiac killer claimed his first confirmed victims, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, who were shot dead while out on a date in Benicia, Calif. Though Zodiac claimed responsibility for 37 murders in his taunting letters to police, Faraday and Jensen are two of only seven victims authorities agree are the Zodiac’s work.