10 Valentine’s Day Murders
Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, or so the cliché goes. But for the victims of the crimes listed below, it’s death that permeated the atmosphere on that very “special” day. They ended up dying violent deaths just like the saint it was named for, who was first beaten with clubs and stones, then beheaded.
It’s understandable that some people don’t think much of Valentine’s Day, but this is just too much.
1. St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
“Mob” is often synonymous with “murder”, and that has been proven so especially true in this case. On Valentine’s Day of 1929, seven sharply-dressed men were lined up against a wall of the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage and were shot dead execution-style. These men, with the exception of one, were all working under "Bugs" Moran, notorious gangster and bootlegger. They were all likely murdered by men working for Al Capone, Moran’s bitter rival gang lord.
2. Woman Beaten to Death on V-Day
Believing Heather Rose Simons to be coming on to her partner, 44-year-old Ana Andrea Hemara beat her neighbor to death inside her own home on V-Day 2009. Hemara started by punching Simons in the head, then pulled her from her chair and continued the beat down. As a finishing touch, Hemara stomped on the head and body of her victim. Simons, who was suffering from cerebral palsy, died two days later.
3. Abortionist Ends Wife’s Life With A Blunt Object
John Baxter Hamilton, who operated an abortion facility in Oklahoma, chose Valentine’s Day 2001 to strangle his wife Susan with a necktie, hit her with a blunt object, and repeatedly slam her face onto the marble floor of their bathroom. He was convicted of her murder and was subsequently handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
4. Columbine High School Sweethearts Shot
Less than a year after the Columbine High School massacre, the school’s students found themselves grieving for classmates once more, when high school sweethearts Nicholas Kunselman, 15 and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell, 16, were shot dead on February 14, 2000 inside a Subway shop located a few blocks south of the ill-fated school. Police say the murders were drug-related.
5. Husband Cuts Wife Into Pieces
In one of the most gruesome examples of V-Day violence, Stephen Grant, a stay-at-home dad living in a Detroit suburb, strangled his wife Tara, a successful businesswoman, to death on February 9, 2007. To hide her body, he cut it into fourteen pieces as their kids were sleeping. To make things more interesting, he filed a missing person report with the police on Valentine’s Day. When questioned by police, he accused his wife of abandoning him and their children. He then spent the better part of two weeks granting interviews with the media and claiming that the police is harassing him, and that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
6. Houston Man Shot Dead As He Slept
William Thompson 45, was shot dead in his home allegedly by a 21-year acquaintance named Thaxton Johnson. Police say that Johnson intended to rob the victim, who was fast asleep when he was shot in the early hours of February 14, 2010.
7. Another Black Widow Case
Richard Schoeck, a resident of Snelville, Georgia, was waiting for his wife Stacey in a remote park to, of all things, exchange Valentine's Day cards, when someone shot and killed the 45-year-old cub scout master on V-Day last year. Some time later, Stacey Schoeck and two others were charged with malice murder. The case is still ongoing.
8. Valentine’s Day Murder-Suicide
In the early hours of February 14, 2009 in the city of Granger, Washington, two lovers, Salvador Ramirez and Eliva Antunez Roman, were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head. Police first found the body of Roman inside a tavern, apparently killed by Ramirez. They later found Ramirez dead inside his residence, and they surmised that he turned the gun on himself.
9. Teenager Opens Door to Death
Fifteen-year-old Billy Cox of Clapham, London was shot dead inside his home on Valentine’s Day 2007. Police suspect the victim knew the assailant, as he apparently let the perpetrator inside the house. Five men have been arrested in connection with the murder, but all five were released without any charges filed.
10. Cleveland’s Valentine’s Day Massacre
A Valentine’s Day massacre also took place in Cleveland on Valentine’s Day 1999 when 19-year-old Cayci Higgins, 30-year-old Dawn Rogers and 18-year-old O.J. Blair were shot dead as they knelt on the floor of a Cleveland apartment, with their hands bound behind their backs. Blair’s cousin Twanna was also shot, but was later charged as a conspirator in the murders. A suspect, Maurice Johnson was arrested in connection with the massacre. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
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