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Archive for 'Rediscovered Crime News'

Rediscovered News: Grandpa’s Hammer, 1955

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 […]

Photo Gallery of NYC Murder Victims, 1915-1920

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, […]

Link Dump: 30 HCD Rediscovered Crime News Stories Posted Between 2013-2016

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 […]

The 1898 Lynching Report

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 […]

Oklahoma Executioner Rich Owens Discusses His Long Career in 1948 Article

Rich Owens was the executioner for the state of Oklahoma from 1915 to 1947. In addition to being a guard, his took the position as executioner because the state paid him $100-150 for every man he executed. During his life, he killed a total of 75 men: sixty-six of those were by execution, and the […]

DNA Evidence in 1984 Murder Leads to Suicide by Criminologist

Like everyone here, I’ve read many good crime stories over the years but this one, by James Vlahos for The Atlantic, is one of the best. Two gruesome murders from 1978 and 1984 are seemingly related and lead police to three good suspects who all go on to commit suicide. There are about five or […]

The Girls Scout Murders of 1977

The 1977 murders of three girl scouts at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, is, in my opinion, one of the most horrific and fear inducing unsolved cases in American history. There have been three books written about that summer night in 1977, a documentary has been made, and there is even a website just […]