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Mug Shot Monday! Jay Kelly Pinkerton, 1979

Jay Kelly Pinkerton Warning: This story contains graphic content. Jay Kelly Pinkerton was executed by the state of Texas on May 15, 1986, for the rape and murder of two women. On October 26, 1979, Pinkerton entered the Amarillo home of David and Sarah Lawrence between the hours of 9:30  and 11:30 p.m. where he […]

Mug Shot Monday! Theodore Coneys, the Spiderman of Denver, 1941

Theodore Coneys was born November 10, 1882 in Petersburg, Illinois to T. H. Coneys, a Canadian immigrant who owned a hardware store in Petersburg, and his wife. After the elder Coneys died in 1888, Mrs. Coneys and her son moved to a farm near Beloit, Wisconsin, then to Denver, Colorado in 1907, where she worked […]

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 […]

Mug Shot Monday! Isaie Beausoleil,
FBI Most Wanted, 1952-1953

Isaie Beausoleil was a fugitive who was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in 1952 and was captured one year later dressed as a woman-a disguise he had been using to escape detection. The following article is from the FBI’s booklet, Ten Most Wanted 60th Anniversary, 1950-2010. Although investigators described “Top Ten Fugitive” Isaie […]

Mug Shot Monday! Arthur Eggers, 1946

  Today’s mug shot is taken from “Famous Crimes the World Forgot.” This is Arthur Eggers. In 1946, he was a cuckold who got tired of his younger, dominant wife running around on him. He was coming home late one night when he caught sight of his wife’s lover leaving the house. When he went […]

Blame it on the Teacher, 1964

Summary: Student with poor grades murders one woman, injures two others including his English Tutor. Story 1: “Tucson Youth Goes Wild, Kills Woman,” by Dominic Crolla, Tucson Daily Citizen, May 16, 1964 pages 1 and 6. A bitter argument over his poor marks in English triggered a wild rampage early today by an enraged 16-year-old […]

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 […]

The Witch Craft Murder of Clothilde Marchand

While researching newspaper coverage of other crimes, I came across trial coverage of the strange murder of Clothilde Marchand in 1930. What came out of that trial is a bizarre tale with the following ingredients: A Ouija board, witchcraft, an Indian faith healer, manipulation and coercion to kill, and a philandering sculptor who claimed it […]

Handsome Jack Hill Was a Woman, 1913

Handsome Jack Hill Turns Out To Be A Woman MEEKER, Colo., Sept. 20, 1913.— ‘Handsome Jack” Hill, who for two years has been the ideal of masculinity in the eyes of the young women of Meeker and who was known to the men as “the chap who married the prettiest girl in the White river […]

Freshman Hazing Ends in Death, 1918

Re-posted From: New Albany Evening Tribune, Sept. 14, 1918, page 1. Raleigh, N.C. Sept. 14, 1918 —Upon the charge of murder, four terror stricken youths stood defendants in court, the result of the hazing of Isaac William Rand, Bon of a prominent lumberman of Smithfleld, North Carolina. The accused are sophomores at the University of […]