Francis Lloyd Russell
Born (1885-10-25)October 25, 1885

September 23, 1943(1943-09-23) (aged 57)
Lima, Ohio, United States

Cause of death Heart attack
Penalty Found to be insane
Imprisoned at Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane
Attack information
Date June 4, 1925
Location(s) Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 8
Weapon(s) Two .32-caliber revolvers

Francis Lloyd Russell was an American who killed eight of his relatives in Hamilton, Ohio, United States on June 4, 1925, before attempting to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest. He survived however, was found to be insane and taken to the Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he remained until his death on September 23, 1943.



  • Rose Russell, 60, his mother
  • John Lowell Russell, 35, his brother
  • Emma Russell, 35, wife of John Russell
  • Julia Russell, 12, daughter of John and Emma Russell
  • Robert Clinton Russell, 8, son of John and Emma Russell
  • George Francis Russell, 8, son of John and Emma Russell
  • Paul Lewis Russell, 3, son of John and Emma Russell
  • Richard Russell, 4 months, son of John and Emma Russell


  1. Heat-crazed man kills 8 of family, The New York Times (June 5, 1925)
  2. Charged with killing 8, The New York Times (June 14, 1925)
  3. Crazed man in frenzy kills 8 in family, Prescott Evening Courier (June 4, 1925)
  4. Eight relatives are killed by crazed man, Hamilton Evening Journal (June 4, 1925)
  5. Hearing Friday to test sanity of Russell, slayer of eight, Hamilton Evening Journal (June 16, 1925)
  6. Russell held insane, The Hamilton Daily News (June 19, 1925)
  7. Kills 8 of family in fit of insanity, Lewiston Evening Journal (June 4, 1925)
  8. Crazed by intense heat wave man in Ohio kills 8 persons, The Norwalk Hour (June 4, 1925)
  9. Crazed man kills 8 relatives - Crime caused by heat, belief, The Southeast Missourian (June 4, 1925)
  10. Crazed by worry over mortgage, Hamilton, Ohio man kills eight in his home and shoots self, The Portsmouth Daily Times (June 4, 1925)
  11. Maniac murders eight, Youngstown Vindicator (June 4, 1925)
  12. Hamilton man goes mad, murders five children and three adults, Youngstown Vindicator (June 4, 1925)
  13. Lunacy warrant for heat crazed man who slew 8, Daily Star (June 5, 1925)
  14. Slayer of eight held insane; to be taken to Lima Hospital, Portsmouth Daily Times (June 19, 1925)
  15. Ten-year-old girl sees uncle slay 8, Miami Daily News (June 9, 1925)
  16. Slew 8 of family, The Norwalk Hour (June 9, 1925)
  17. Sees eight day, The Evening Independent (June 9, 1925)
  18. Yesterdays News with R O Jones, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  19. Crazed man kills eight, Warsaw Daily Times and the Northern Indianian (June 9, 1925)
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