The Most Miraculous Execution in American History (That Nobody Told You About), 1904
Dedicated to Bela Deraj who told me to get back to work! 🙂 This is a story I have wanted to write for a long time. Over the last twenty-years, I have become convinced that the internet is 10-percent original, and the rest is just a copy. Case in point: When it comes to […]
Posted: September 17th, 2021 under Feature Stories.
Tags: 1900-1919, bizarre, Execution, Ohio
Charleston’s Most Inhospitable Hosts: The Story of John and Lavinia Fisher
Guest Post by Harry Parsons, Content Manager, Arcadia Publishing We all know the horror film trope: the motel, the inn, the guesthouse at the side of the road that is, for some reason, curiously empty. The friendly, welcoming, eager proprietors who usher you in and tell you to make yourself at home, but somehow […]
Posted: August 18th, 2017 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1800s, bizarre
Mug Shot Monday! Jay Kelly Pinkerton, 1979, Texas, Executed 1986
Jay Kelly Pinkerton Warning: This story contains graphic content, near the end. 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 […]
Posted: March 14th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday, Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1970s, bizarre, Execution, Psychopath, Sex Crimes, Texas
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
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 […]
Posted: September 15th, 2015 under Rediscovered Crime News.
Tags: bizarre, Murder
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 […]
Posted: May 11th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1950s, bizarre, FBI Most Wanted, Murder
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
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 […]
Posted: June 25th, 2014 under Rediscovered Crime News.
Tags: 1960s, Arizona, bizarre, Juvenile, Murder
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 […]
Posted: May 14th, 2014 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1800s, bizarre, Illinois, Wife Killer
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 […]
Posted: November 12th, 2013 under Rediscovered Crime News.
Tags: 1930s, bizarre, Murder, Women