James Dunham

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James Dunham
James Dunham.jpg
Spouse(s) Hattie Wells Dunham
Date May 26, 1896
Location(s) Campbell, California, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Injured 0
Weapons Axe
.38-caliber revolver
.45-caliber revolver

James C. Dunham, was a multiple murderer who, on the night of May 26, 1896, killed his wife, her family, and two of that family's servants in Campbell, California.

Using an axe and two revolvers, Dunham murdered:

  • Hattie Wells Dunham (Dunham's wife)
  • James Wells (Hattie's brother)
  • Ada Wells McGlincy (Hattie's mother)
  • Colonel Richard Parran McGlincy (Hattie's stepfather)
  • two household servants Minnie Schlesser & Robert Briscoe

Dunham's motives are unknown. The sole survivors were Dunham's and Hattie's 3-week-old son and a farmhand, George Schaible, who had hidden in the barn during the massacre. Although investigators conducted an extensive manhunt throughout Santa Clara County, California Dunham was never found and the case remains officially open.

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