August Kraus
Born (1862-04-13)April 13, 1862
Bellefontaine, Missouri, United States

March 12, 1903(1903-03-12) (aged 40)
Bellefontaine, Missouri, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date March 12, 1903
Location(s) Bellefontaine, Missouri, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Sledgehammer

August Kraus (often misidentified as Adolph Krauss) was an American farmer who killed his wife and six children near Bellefontaine, Missouri, United States on March 12, 1903, before committing suicide.[1]


  • Elisabeth Kraus, 38, his wife
  • Carrie Kraus, 12, his daughter
  • Emma Kraus, 10, his daughter
  • Philip Kraus, 7, his son
  • George Kraus, 5, his son
  • Genevieve Kraus, 3, his daughter
  • Friedrick Kraus, 4 months, his son



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