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.
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.
Harry Powers has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||The Mail-order Bluebeard, The West Virginia Bluebeard|
|Victims:||5 - 5|
|Years Active:||1931 - 1931|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||- 1932|
|Citizenship:||Kingdom of the Netherlands|
|Marital Status:||married Luella Strother in 1927, Harry (Age 34/35)|
|Living With:||his wife in Quiet Dell, Harrison County, West Virginia, US|
|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|
|Convicted:||Dec 12, 1931|
|Sentence:||death by hanging|
|Prison Location:||West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, US|
|Executed:||Mar 18, 1932|
|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|
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.
|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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|kill at killers home||TRUE||320|
|totem personal item||TRUE||354|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
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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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