That Time Nevada Executed a 17 year-old, 1944
This story is dedicated to ‘packerpil.’ Thank you for your continued support. During the summer of 1942, Lafayette, Indiana, residents experienced a six-week “reign of terror” in which fifty serious and misdemeanor crimes were committed by one or more individuals. Beginning on June 2, the crime wave included: Twenty counts of breaking into automobiles, […]
Posted: February 11th, 2022 under Feature Stories.
Tags: 1940s, Execution, Juvenile, Murder, Nevada
Mug Shot Monday! J.D. & George Dowdy, 1948
In late October 1948, Hattiesburg, Mississippi house painter Walter Dorman, 42 or 44, was vacationing at a fishing camp near Tallulah, in the northeast corner of the Louisiana (near the Mississippi River, Mississippi Delta, and Lake Providence). The fishing camp was owned and operated by George Dowdy, 68, and his son, J.D. Dowdy, 23, a […]
Posted: December 9th, 2019 under Mug Shot Monday, Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1940s, Execution, Louisiana, Murder
New Book: Bobby BlueJacket, The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld
From HCD: The biography of Native American Bobby BlueJacket, a safecracker & killer who redeemed himself inside and out of prison, will go on sale in February, 2018. The book, Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld, is available for preorder from the publisher, First to Knock. Author Michael P. Daley, was kind […]
Posted: December 15th, 2017 under New Books.
Tags: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Criminal Biography, Oklahoma
Mug Shot Monday! Sgt. Frank Martz, 1943, Vampire Slayer
On December 6, 1943, twenty-seven-year-old Ann Geist took her three-year-old daughter, Kathleen Ann, to a tavern near Fort Logan, Colorado, where she met up with friends. At the time, Fort Logan was a small, Army-Air Force installation west of Englewood, and eight miles southwest of Denver. Soon after she arrived, Geist and her friends […]
Posted: September 12th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday, Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1940s, Colorado, Execution, Murder, Sex Crimes
Mug Shot Monday! Woodrow Wilson Clark, 1944
Woodrow Wilson “Whitey” Clark On the morning of Jan. 15, 1944, in a small shack at the back of the Dillon Sign Shop at E1806 Sprague, police inspected a gruesome murder scene. Four people hacked and mutilated by a hatchet. Two victims, T.P. Dillon and Jane Staples, were dead. Flora Dillon died a few days […]
Posted: August 8th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday, Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1940s, Execution, Mass Murders, Murder, Washington State
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 […]
Posted: September 21st, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1940s, bizarre, Colorado, Murder
Mug Shot Monday, Jimmy Pasta, 1940
Guest post by Diarmid Mogg. Diarmid Mogg is a Scottish parliamentary reporter who runs Small Town Noir, a website of old mug shots from New Castle, Pennsylvania, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign at https://unbound.co.uk/books/small-town-noir to publish a book of the mug shots and the true-life stories behind them. Jimmy Pasta made his money running […]
Posted: August 10th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1940s, Pennsylvania
Mug Shot Monday! Charlie Johnson, 1949
Charlie Johnson was a career criminal who was arrested in Washington D.C. on January 11, 1949, for pick-pocketing. He was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $200. He was born in 1895 in Kansas City, Missouri, and his criminal record dates from 1917. His record states he was living in New York City […]
Posted: June 8th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1940s, Petty Crimes, Washington DC
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 […]
Posted: December 15th, 2014 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1940s, bizarre, California, Cuckold, Execution, Love and Jealousy, Murder, Wife Killer
The Cupcake Killer, 1942, Queens, New York
This story was written by NYPD detective Captain Henry Flattery, Retired, for Front Page Detective magazine, November, 1955. It was part of a collection of stories called, “Dumbells I have Known.” which poked fun at some stupid criminals. He was with the NYPD for thirty years and worked on many important cases from that […]
Posted: October 16th, 2014 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1940s, Cuckold, Love Triangle, Murder, New York