Famous Crimes the World Forgot – Photos
Chapter One: Denver’s “Capitol Hill Thug,” 1900-1901
A sketch of Al Cowan which appeared in The San Francisco Call.
Al Cowan after his trial.
Capitol Hill Thug Victims, left to right, Emma Johnson, Josephine Unternahrer, Mary Short, and Lillian Bell. Source: Wicked Denver: Mile-high Misdeeds and Malfeasance
Denver around 1903
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Chapter Two: The Murder of Father Kaspar Vartarian. 1907
Front page headline for the New York Evening-World, May 27, 1907
Assistant District Attorney Charles Nott
Deputy Police Commissioner Arthur Woods
The New York Evening-World published this snarky message to local authorities after learning the chief suspects had fled to Bulgaria.
Chapter Three: The Carver Family Hatchet Murders, 1930
William Raymond Carver
Diagram of House on the day of the murders. Bodies appear in the top right corner.
The Carver’s rented home in Sebring, Florida.
A campaign photograph of prosecutor Grady Burton
Survivor, Frances Carver, at age 17 modeling a fur coat for Macy’s Department Store, late 1940s.
William Raymond Carver’s University of Pennsylvania yearbook photo, senior year, 1912.
Ruth Carver around the time she married William Carver.
Chapter Four: Mr. Secret Agent Man, 1930
Noel Sowley dead behind the wheel of his coupe.
Artist sketch of Agent 3X, “The Man Behind the Gun.”
Chapter Five: Spree Killer Chester Comer, 1934-1935
Chester Comer with a gun shot wound to the head soon after his shootout with Blanchard, Oklahoma, City Marshal Oscar “Bloodhound” Morgan.
Chester Comer with his first wife, Elizabeth Childers. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Odessa Childress, 14. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Ray Evans, murder victim.
Center, young Elizabeth Stevens, the thirteen-year-old-sister of Chester’s second wife, was to be his next victim. She caused Chester to crash his car and escaped. She is seen here flanked by her older brothers, Francis and J.C. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Chester Comer in the hospital after his gun battle with Oscar Morgan. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Oscar Morgan, gun shot wound to the arm. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Oscar Morgan. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Lester Simpson’s stolen Chevrolet with bullet holes in the vent window. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Elizabeth Childers. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Chester Comer, left, with an unknown female in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Historical Society)
Chapter Six: The Bizarre Tahlequah Coed Case, 1935
Victim Daniel Shaw.
Lois Thompson scowls at a newspaper photographer during her trial.
A flat-iron jail cell where Lois Thompson likely served her 30 day sentence for shooting Daniel Shaw.
The limestone jail building where Lois served her 30-day sentence in 1935 is now the Cherokee National Prison Museum.
Chapter Seven: The Wife Who Lost Her Head, 1946
Arthur Eggers showing detectives how he threw his wife’s torso over Panorama Point in the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles.
James Starritt, left, discusses the case with Arthur Eggers, right.
The murder weapon and saw used to dismember Dorothy Eggers.
Arthur Eggers, San Quentin mug shot photo, 1946.
Chapter Eight: The York Family Massacre, 1947
Dr. Lloyd Ross, shortly after his arrest, contemplates his fate in his jail cell.
The only survivor, Ann York, 13.
Chapter Nine: Blind Man’s Bluff, 1955
Meier & Frank Department Store building, Portland, Oregon, as it looks today.
The blast zone as seen from the third floor of the Meier & Frank Department store in Portland, Oregon.
Firemen climb to the mens restroom on the third floor of the Meier & Frank Department store after a bomb exploded in 1955.
Chapter Ten: The Orphan Maker of Route 66, 1961
Utha and James (JD) Welch.
The Welch’s 1959 Oldsmobile at the scene of the murders, 13 miles west of Seligman, Arizona.
The Welch boys. The Daily Oklahoman.
The Welch Boys. Prescott-Evening Courier
A photo of Jeannette and Denise Sullivan taken the day of their murder. Their case turned out to be unrelated to the Welch case.
James Abner Bentley, early arrest photo.
James Abner Bentley San Quentin mug shot, 1961, Executed January 23, 1963. (Courtesy: California State Archives)