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‘The Carver Family Hatchet Murders, 1930’
Last year, 2019, I was approached by former Broadway actor and audiobook narrator Charles Huddeston, who offered to narrate my two books in the Famous Crimes the World Forgot series. I’ve been approached before by other narrators, but passed on their offers for one reason or another. I’m so, so thankful that I did not […]
Posted: November 1st, 2020 under Feature Stories.
Tags: 1930s, Audio, Florida
Mug Shot Monday! Lemuel Hawkins, veteran, baseball player, federal prisoner, & accidental gunshot victim, 1895-1934
Lemuel Hawkins, Auto Theft (Federal), 1931 Lemuel Hawkins (October 2, 1895 – August 10, 1934) was an American first baseman in Negro league baseball. He played for the Kansas City Monarchs, Chicago Giants and Chicago American Giants from 1921 to 1928. He was 5’10” and weighed 185 pounds. In 1931 he was arrested for […]
Posted: August 22nd, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1930s, African American, Petty Crimes
The 1935 Delaware Execution of a Mother & Son
Story by Jason Lucky Morrow Posted: December 9, 2015 On November 9, 1927, twenty-year-old Howard Hitchens of Georgetown, Delaware, was growing concerned for his uncle, Robert, whom he had not seen in several days. When he went to the man’s home in nearby Frankford, he found him “beaten to death in a blood splattered room,” […]
Posted: December 9th, 2015 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1920s, 1930s, Delaware, Execution, Murder, Women
Mug Shot Monday! Jake Vohland, Chicken Rustler, Poultry Pilferer, 1931
Since this is the week of thanksgiving, I wanted to work in a thanksgiving type crime. The best I could do was this poultry pilferer from 1931. Credit: Nebraska State Historical Society In 1931, during the depths of the Great Depression, Jake Vohland attempted to steal chickens from Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Stubblefield […]
Posted: November 23rd, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1930s, Nebraska, Petty Crimes
Mug Shot Monday! Cop Killer Frederick D. Fair
On August 19, 1928, Atlanta Police Department Patrolman John McDaniel responded to a disturbance between two acquaintances. When Officer McDaniel attempted to arrest Frederick D. Fair, the principal instigator, Fair shot the forty-nine-year-old lawman in the chest. McDaniel was transported to the hospital, but died three days later of his wound. Fair was later apprehended, […]
Posted: November 2nd, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1920s, 1930s, cop killer, Georgia, Oklahoma
Ambush and Betrayal, Satterfield & Grice, 1933
Sunday, October 22, 1933, 8:30 p.m. Goldsboro, North Carolina Herbert Grice was in the middle of untying his shoes when he was stopped by the frantic barking of his dogs. They often barked at everything and anything they didn’t approve of, and Grice quickly dismissed their clamor as insignificant. But before he could get […]
Posted: July 2nd, 2015 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1930s, Love and Jealousy, Love Triangle, Murder, North Carolina, Women
Serial Killer Anna Marie Hahn, 1933-1938
Anna Marie Hahn was a female serial killer who became the first woman ever to be executed in Ohio after it was confirmed that she poisoned five old men to death in order to gain their estates through fraudulently produced wills or by raiding their bank accounts. In 1927, Anna emigrated from Germany and settled […]
Posted: April 17th, 2015 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1930s, Execution, Ohio, Serial Killer, Women
Mug Shot Monday! Joe Crowe, 1938
Joe Crowe’s Prison Mug Shot Oklahoma State Penitentiary convict Joe Crowe is a great example of the laxness with which prisons once guarded their inmates. In 1938, Crowe was a prison trustee on a dam project near Fort Towson, Oklahoma, where state convicts provided a large portion of the labor force. That November, Crowe left […]
Posted: March 30th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1930s, Escape, Oklahoma
Mug Shot Monday! George Darnell, Captured 1931
When railroad section hand George Darnell was fired from his job on August 17, 1929, he set his mind on revenge. The following day, Darnell tampered with a track switch near Henryetta, Oklahoma, which later caused a passenger train to jump the track. Thirteen people, eleven of them passengers, were killed and ten more were […]
Posted: March 9th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1920s, 1930s, Murder, Oklahoma, Workplace Violence
Mug Shot Monday! Opium Smuggler Wesley Sischo, 1918 and 1935
: Wesley Leroy Sischo was a former maritime customs agent who decided it was more profitable to work on the other side of the law. During World War I, he began working with a Seattle Chinese gang to smuggle opium into Washington State. As the captain of a small coastal vessel, it was his job […]
Posted: November 3rd, 2014 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1900-1919, 1930s, opium, Washington State