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Tag: 1800s

New Book: Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age, by Andrew Young

A Sensational Crime and Trial that Confronted Racism, Sexism, and Privilege as America Took to the World Stage On the foggy, cold morning of February 1, 1896, a boy came upon what he thought was a pile of clothes. It was soon discovered to be the headless body of a young woman, brutally butchered and […]

Guest Feature Story: Murder and Masonry, 1890, by Dr. Barry Morton

Special Guest Feature Story by: Dr. Barry Morton: At few times in its history has the small town of Crawfordsville, Indiana ever been more regularly in the spotlight than it was between the autumn of 1889 through November 1890. The Pettit murder trial, “the most publicized case in this period,” began with published rumors of […]

New Book: Memphis Vice, 1863: An Untold Story of the Civil War

Not all crime books are about murder or serial killers. Some of the most intriguing ones are about other subjects like gambling, Ocean 11 type heists, bank robbers, con men, spies, and other non-violent crimes. And there is also prostitution. Veteran historical true crime writer, Tobin Buhk, author of eight books including the popular, True […]

The Sensational Murder of Alexander Crittenden by his Mistress, Laura D. Fair, 1870

Article by Thomas S. Duke, Celebrated Criminal Cases of America Alexander Crittenden was born in Lexington, Ky., on, January 14, 1816. Andrew Jackson was a close friend of his family, and it was through Jackson’s influence that Alexander was sent to West Point. He graduated from this military college with Sherman and remained in the […]

Mug Shot Monday! Anton Woode, 1892

Additional information  for this article was provided by John Johnson. Anton Wood, 11 year-old psychopath almost hanged for murder, age in photo 12. In November of 1892, young Joseph Smith was hunting with Anton Woode, 11, on the Woode family ranch near Denver when he was shot in the back and killed by Woode. When […]

Dying for Survival, 1841, Atlantic Ocean

  This story was the inspiration for several movies, and there is a book about this tragedy called The Wreck of the William Brown. There are links to further reading at the end of the story. Originally Published: “The Celebrated Trial in Boston of Sailor Holmes Who Threw Fourteen Passengers Overboard From an Overcrowded Life […]

The Knight Falls: The Murder of Mrs. Langfeldt, 1896, San Francisco

  There is a great link to an 1896 article from The San Francisco Call about the case at the end of the article. San Francisco, 1896 Joseph Blanther was born in Rankerburg Steirmart, Austria, in 1859. When nineteen years of age he was made a Lieutenant in the Austrian army, and a few months […]

Mug Shot Monday! John Wolker, 1897

This is what happens to people who have poor impulse control. John Wolker is a German, fifty-two years of age, and a carpenter by occupation. He is of medium height and rather lean in form. By his first wife he had two children, whom he boarded out in care of a sister prior to his […]

Adolph Luetgert and His Dissolving Wife, 1897

  On May 1, Mrs. Luetgert suddenly disappeared, but her husband was apparently unconcerned regarding her absence and advanced the theory that she had committed suicide because of his failure in business. On May 4, Deidrich Bicknesse, Mrs. Luetgert’s brother, called to see her, and Luetgert informed him that she had been missing for three […]

Mug Shot Monday! Shoplifter Bertha, 68

The following case has been a “repeater” for many years and is now in the penitentiary. She is sixty-eight years of age and has served sentences in the penitentiaries of Blackwell’s Island, Sing Sing, Jolie t, and probably elsewhere. This is her third term in Joliet. She has also served several sentences in the Cook […]