SLAUGHTERED A WHOLE FAMILY.: John Hoy, with His Wife and Two Children, Hacked to Pieces in Their Cabin. Washington Post (May 30 1893),1.
A New Haven, CT family of John Hoy, living in a cabin on the Youghiogheny River, were found dead in their kitchen by fellow minors on their way to work. Hoy, his wife and several children were dead. Police theorized that he had committed the killings and then slit his own throat. A mystery remained due to the presence of blood splatter throughout the house and the impression of a hatchet behind the ear of the daughter.
This is especially interesting due to the fact that in the early 1900 a number of families would be killed by person or persons unknown practically from coast to coast. Notable were the murders in San Antonio, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa (Villasca). No mention is made of an ax being found, although a razor and knife was found by the bodies.
Like all serial killers - the person who killed the later families - had to have begun somewhere. Could it have been the Hoy family were early victims?