ARSENIC ANNIE: CINCINNATI’S CUT-THROAT CARETAKER

Meet Anna Marie Hahn, widely known as “Arsenic Annie.” This Cincinnati area serial killer who was the first woman sentenced to die in Ohio's electric chair after murdering at least 5 men. Anna was born into a large Bavarian family back in 1906 and was the youngest of 12 siblings. When she was 18, she…

THE MURDER OF EMMA KRAFT

VICTIM OF HAMMER WIELDER INCHICAGO HOTEL WAS A QUEEN CITY WOMAN Police Searching For a Cincinnati ManWho, Relatives Declare, Had Jilted Her. Umbrella Leads To Identiflcation of Mrs. Kraft's BodyJohn Koetters, Her Friend, Missing WHERE IS HE? John B. Koettertt, 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, from 180 to 200 pounds In weight,…

KILLER SEAMSTRESS: THE MURDER OF LOUISE BERGEN

The murder of Louise Bergen back in 1958 was one of the most talked about crimes of its time here in the Cincinnati area. When three young hunters came across the charred remains of a body at Cowan Lake it set into motion a chain of events that would captivate the city for years to…

H.H. HOLMES AND THE DAY LITTLE HOWIE MET HIS MAKER

Herman Webster Mudgett, more commonly known as H.H. Holmes was a notorious swindler, serial killer and designer of the infamous 'Murder Castle. A three story monstrosity built to accommodate guests during the 1893 World's Fair. It was a labyrinth-like structure which covered the entire block at 63rd & Wallace in Chicago. Over 100 legendary rooms…

SAVAGE, BARBAROUS, MERCILESS AND CRUEL

I heard about yesterday's discovery of convicted killer Spencer Brasure's dead body in his prison cell at San Quentin so I took a look into the case. "Savage, barbarous, merciless and cruel" is how Judge James P. Cloninger described the 1996 murder of Anthony Guest. He went on to say that "Spencer Brasure displays a…

JACK UNTERWEGER: THE SILVER TONGUED DEVIL

Serial killers who utilize the art of persuasion are nothing new, but there is one killer in the annals of history whom I believe took this art to a whole new level. His name was Johann "Jack" Unterweger. Jack was born in 1951 to a Viennese barmaid mother and an American GI father he never…

THE HEINOUS CRIMES OF DR. OLIVER C. HAUGH

Dayton, Ohio physician Oliver C. Haugh was quite an item back in the day. In the early 1900's he made international news for all the wrong reasons. He was accused of murdering his father, mother and brother and then burning down the family home to conceal the crime. Apparently that was just the tip of…