|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1901|
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1949|
Walla Walla County
Jake Bird was known in the 1940's as the Nation's Most Prolific Serial Killer. A drifter with no roots, born and raised in rural Louisiana, he was a transcient, traveling around from State to State, taking up odd jobs, wherever he could, soon moving on. He did manuel labor, mostly known as a "Gandy Dancer" on the railroads. On October 30th, 1947, at the age of 45, Jake breaks into the home of Bertha kludt and her daughter Beverly June Kludt, in Tacoma, Washington, he hacked them to death with an axe. Two Police Officers were sent to the residence to investigate screams heard. They seen a man run out the back door and quickly gave chase. They tackle him to the ground and arrest him, though he violently fought back, slashing both Officers with a knife, before being beat into submission. He was taken to the County Hospital, then hauled off to jail. He confessed to the killings, stating it was a Burglary gone bad. On November 26th, 1947, a month after the incident, after just a three day trial, a Pierce County Jury convicts him of First-Degree Murder and recommended the death penalty. At his sentencing, he declared that "All of you would die before me." Referring to anyone connected to the case. Unhappy with his defense team. It was known as the Jake Bird Hex. Before he died, 5 men died of heart attacks and a sixth man died of pneumonia. While on Death Row, he confessed to 44 more murders across the Country. He claimed a murder for every year of his life. At least 11 of those murders were solved with his confessions. Starting with the Axe Murders of two women in Evanston, Illinois in 1942. Other victims were confirmed in Louisville, Kentucky, Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Kansas, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Cleveland, Ohio, Orlando, Florida, and Portage, Wisconsin. Police in Houston, Texas, suspected he murdered a woman there, Mrs. Harry Richardson. His murderous rampage ended in Tacoma, Washington, due to alert neighbors and persistant Police action. He spent the last days of his life at Walla Walla State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. On July 15th, 1949, almost two years after his last crime, at the age of 48, he was hung on the gallows. He is buried in an unmarked grave at the Prison Cemetery.
His father was Charles Bird and his mother was Delie Bird. He had two brothers, Andrew and Lem.
Walla Walla Prison Cemetery
Walla Walla County
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Record added: Oct 24, 2007
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