Archive for 'Rediscovered Crime News'
Okay, this isn’t crime related, but it is mysterious. And weird. A short news story published in 1890 about a captured mermaid–with a well-developed bosom, apparently. I find all kinds of weird stories when digging around in old newspapers and this is just one example. — JLM —###—
A sad, stupid, senseless crime. Horrible. Child is Slain by her Grandfather: Singing Kept him Awake August 25, 1955, TEXAS CITY , United Press— A preliminary hearing was scheduled Thursday for Robert J. Wallace, 78, who is charged with beating his blonde, nine-year-old granddaughter to death with a ball-peen hammer because her singing kept him […]
Warning: Gallery contains very graphic photos. The New York City Department of Records has a great collection of photographs related to all things early 20th Century New York City. Among their different categories are photographs related to crime, criminals, criminal identification, and most interesting of all, Murder—as in dead bodies. During the early 20th Century, […]
Categorized by year, all links open in a new window. Workplace Violence in 1901: SOMERVILLE. MASS. July 5, 1901. With a maniacal shriek, John Murphy turned from pig-sticking to man killing in the North Packing and Provision Company’s slaughter-house today, and, driving more than a hundred of his fellow-workmen before him, slew five of […]
While conducting research for a story about a double-homicide in 1898, I came across an account of all known lynchings for that year. The statistics were interesting and confirmed what you might suspect, but also revealed some surprising information. Out of 127 lynchings in 1898, five of them were women. As expected, African-Americans represent the […]