Robert Nixon killed five women and injured one other in Chicago and Los Angeles from 1936 to 1938. His claim to fame was his very basic but odd choice of murder weapon. Bricks. Nixon was a petty career criminal that moved on to murder when he broke into the Chicago home of Florence Castle on June 29, 1936, and looted her house before bludgeoning her to death with his faithful brick. In the Spring of 1937 he continued his slayings in L.A., claiming three more lives, including a mother and daughter. He left one surviving victim.
Nixon was arrested after returning to Chicago and killing his fifth and final victim on May 28, 1938. He confessed to the brick attacks and was sentenced to death for the last Windy City slaying. Nixon was electrocuted on June 15, 1939.