Axes are great for chopping wood … or people. How much do you know about infamous ax murderers? Take this quiz to find out.
Mutsuo Toi first cut the electricity to the village, then went on a rampage in the dark, using everything from an ax to a shotgun to kill his 30 victims.
The captain, William Stewart, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
After restraining his victims with rope, he methodically killed them using an ax and a crowbar, thereby displaying adaptability in his methods.
Stewart was committed to a lunatic asylum, where he died in 1873, decades after the murders. While in the asylum, he had repeated psychotic episodes and at one point killed an employee.
Denke killed at least 42 men, some with an ax, between 1914 and 1918.
Some historians think he sold the meat as pork at the local market. After his arrest, police found jars of human flesh in his house.
A woman and her three children were murdered with an ax in 1993. The crime was so sickening that the details of the case were sealed and never released publicly.
He claimed that he was possessed by an evil sprite called a tokoloshe. Among his victims were at least five children; he was convicted and hanged.
The 1912 murders happened in a sleepy little town called Villisca, in southwest Iowa.
All six of the Moore family were killed, along with two guests. Their heads had all been chopped with an ax. The father's head, in particular, was beaten into many pieces.
No one was ever convicted of the heinous crime, although several men were brought to trial. The killer (or killers) probably vanished into the countryside, never to be seen again.
Bird was a serial killer who preyed on white women. He may have killed 46 women … and possibly more.
He told the police about additional murders and promised to give them more information. Police subsequently confirmed 11 additional murders and strongly suspected Bird in 33 more based on his knowledge of the cases.
During Bird's trial, an unbelievable six people associated with the process died, including the judge. The media called it the "Jake Bird hex."
The killer set her bed on fire and left it to burn. The corpse only partially charred, leaving behind plenty of evidence.
The judge told jurors to disregard the testimony of key witnesses simply because those witnesses were prostitutes. The scandalous nature of the case made headlines all over the country.
The crazed man killed at least eight people in 1884 and 1885 in Austin, Texas. No one was ever convicted, but the murders stopped after police shot and killed a 19-year-old man who was assaulting a young woman.
He was reportedly stoned on marijuana when he attacked his family. The widely publicized crime was used to fuel anti-pot campaigns that were rampant in the 1930s.
Licata was at home, wearing clean clothes over his blood-spattered body. He was clearly confused about the ordeal and was declared unfit for trial. He committed suicide 17 years later while locked away in an institution.
He killed six or seven people and wounded another six or so. He sometimes used an ax to hurt people; other times he used a straight razor.
Some were so angry about the killings that they published notices in the paper, inviting him to try and attack their families. The killings eventually stopped, and no one was ever convicted.
In 1892, the parents of Lizzie Borden were both murdered with an ax in Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was arrested, and she changed her story several times, leaving police to think that she was the perpetrator.
Borden was acquitted, but even today most historians believe she committed the crime. She remained in her small town for the rest of her life, although most people avoided contact with her.
She was married at least five times … and four of her husbands died under suspicious circumstances. She was convicted and executed in 1930.
She was the only woman to be hanged in Arizona. The rope decapitated her, prompting state officials to replace hanging with other execution methods.
"Cheerful Eva" told everyone that she wasn't afraid to die. Her hanging and subsequent decapitation was so gruesome that multiple witnesses fainted from the sight.
He was a famous rugby player in South Africa in the late 1990s. He killed three men and wounded a fourth, claiming they attacked his daughter, which the police said never happened. Ntshongwana was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
She was caught again days later, dressed like a man, with her hair cut very short. She was hanged for killing her husband.
Many of the townspeople rallied around Silver, saying her husband had been abusive. Thanks to public support, she was nearly acquitted in spite of the pile of evidence, which included multiple piles of her husband's body parts.
He ate the victim's brains and eyes. In court, Smith apologized for what he'd done, saying "it really had nothing to do with the other person."