Harry Powers

The Mail-order Bluebeard, The West Virginia Bluebeard

  Active for 1 year
(1931) in United States

5

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

5

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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Harry Powers (born Herman Drenth) a Dutch-American serial killer known as The Mail-order Bluebeard and The West Virginia Bluebeard. Powers also used the alias' of John Schroeder, Cornelius O. Pierson and A.R. Weaver. Powers killed two women and three children in Quiet Dell, West Virginia in 1931. He would lure victims through Lonely Hearts ads, claiming he was looking for love. He was arrested after the five bodies were found buried near his garage in 1931. Powers was sentenced to death in 1931 and executed by hanging in 1932.

Harry Powers Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Harry Powers (aka) The Mail-order Bluebeard, The West Virginia Bluebeard, was active for 1 year in 1931, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 5 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Harry Powers was born in Beerta, Netherlands. He was born 3rd of 4 children and raised by both parents. Powers was raised as a middle child and had three brothers or sisters, two of which passed away very young. His father, Hiram Drenth, a Dutch immigrant. His mother, a Dutch immigrant.

Powers a heterosexual male citizen of Kingdom of the Netherlands. Powers married Luella Strother in 1927, Harry (Age 34/35). He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison.

In 1931 Harry Powers started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, torture, strangle, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife in Quiet Dell, Harrison County, West Virginia, US, where Powers was known to work as a serial killer.

He was convicted on December 12th 1931, sentenced to death by hanging at West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US. Powers was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Harry Powers was executed on March 18th 1932.

Harry Powers died on March 18th 1932, cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US.

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Harry Powers has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 years ago.

Harry Powers a known:

Harry Powers
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2018-12-16 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Harry Powers
Nickname: The Mail-order Bluebeard, The West Virginia Bluebeard
Victims: 5 - 5
Years Active: 1931 - 1931
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span:      - 1932
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Kingdom of the Netherlands
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Marital Status: married Luella Strother in 1927, Harry (Age 34/35)
Children: no children
Living With: his wife in Quiet Dell, Harrison County, West Virginia, US
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: N/A
Family Name: Powers
Given Name: Harry
Birth Location: Beerta, Netherlands
Birth Order: 3rd of 4
Siblings: three brothers or sisters, two of which passed away very young
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: a Dutch immigrant
Father: Hiram Drenth, a Dutch immigrant

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: N/A
Convicted: Dec 12, 1931
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US
Executed: Mar 18, 1932
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Mar 18, 1932
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
4 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Harry Powers

The 4 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Harry Powers. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
1931
Harry Powers started his serial killing spree. #1931
Dec 12 1931
Harry Powers was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US.  #19311212
1931
Harry Powers ended his serial killing spree. #1931
Mar 18 1932
Harry Powerswas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US. #19320318
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previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
previous prision TRUE 336
kill at killers home TRUE 320
used weapon TRUE 453
torture TRUE 426
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
totem personal item TRUE 354
robbed TRUE 418
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
rape FALSE 453
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365


Books that Mention Harry Powers

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Book: The Serial Killer Files (mentions serial killer Harry Powers)
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Jayne Anne Phillips
Quiet Dell
Book: Quiet Dell (mentions serial killer Harry Powers)
Jayne Anne Phillips
Quiet Dell
Book: The Night of the Hunter (mentions serial killer Harry Powers)
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11 Books that mention Serial Killer
Harry Powers

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1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
0345472004 The Serial Killer Files 20
1439172552 Quiet Dell 1
1439172536 Quiet Dell 1
1101910062 The Night of the Hunter 1
088391008x Secrets of Mind Power 1
1981629440 50 American Serial Killer... 14
0615480128 The Mail Order Serial Kil... 1
1476666059 Any Resemblance to Actual... 2
1624880088 The Naked Beach 1
1315472635 China Steps Out 1

Harry F. Powers (born Herman Drenth; 1892 - March 18, 1932) - also known as Cornelius O. Pierson and A. R. Weaver - was a convicted Dutch-American serial killer who was hanged in Moundsville, West Virginia.Powers lured his victims through "Lonely Hearts" ads, claiming he was looking for love, but ultimately murdering them for their money. Davis Grubb's 1953 novel The Night of the Hunter and its 1955 film adaptation were based on these crimes.

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External References
  1. Q3127892 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  2. Harry Powers on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Harry F. POWERS on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  4. Brittany Hiben, Jessica Jenkins, Harry Powers on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  5. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Herman DRENTH on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 16, 2018.
Internal References

Harry Powers is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #61 of 89[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #158 of 250[ Page 11 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #192 of 327[ Page 13 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  4. #235 of 651[ Page 16 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #392 of 651[ Page 27 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #471 of 651[ Page 32 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #616 of 651[ Page 42 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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