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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
The Murder of Judge Chillingworth and his Wife, 1955, as Detailed in a New Book, Grim Justice
In the early morning hours of June 15, 1955, Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie were snatched from their beachfront home in Palm Beach County, Florida and were never seen again. Curtis E. Chillingworth was born to an upper-class family in 1896. His grandfather had moved down from New York and served as sheriff. […]
Posted: November 23rd, 2017 under New Books.
Tags: 1950s, Florida, Murder, Workplace Violence
Vintage Detective Story: The Stackhouse Case, 1916
Story by A. ANDERSON (Private Detective), Principal Southern Detective Agency, Tampa, Florida, (formerly with Scotland Yard, London, England), and, Dalton O’Sullivan, Detective and Author of Enemies of the Underworld, 1917. Early in April of the year 1916, I was summoned to Boca Grande by the president of the C. H. & N. railroad. The […]
Posted: August 8th, 2017 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1900-1919, Florida, Vintage Detective Stories
Serial Killers Anonymous: Stanley Everett Rice, 1963-1968
Serial Killers Anonymous is a new series by HistoricalCrimeDetective that will present information and photographs of lesser known American serial killers. Stanley Everett Rice, 1942-2007 Summary Known as the “stuttering drifter,” Stanley Everett Rice was a pedophile and serial killer who murdered three to five young boys between 1963 and 1968. He is […]
Posted: April 14th, 2017 under Serial Killers Anonymous.
Tags: 1960s, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pedophile, Serial Killer
Mug Shot Monday: Timothy Palmes & Ronald Straight, 1976
Executed for the Robbery/Torture/Murder of a Jacksonville, Florida, furniture store owner in 1976. On July 30, 1976, Ronald Straight received a mandatory conditional parole from the Florida Parole and Probation Commission. By early September, he had drifted to Jacksonville, where he moved into an apartment occupied by Timothy Palmes, Palme’s girlfriend Jane Albert, and Albert’s […]
Posted: January 25th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1970s, Execution, Florida
Mug Shot Monday! James Dupree Henry, 1973
On March 23, 1973, James Dupree Henry broke into the home of eighty-one-year-old Orlando civil rights leader, Zellie Riley, with the intention of robbing him. After finding just $64 and some credit cards, Henry bound Riley, who was his next door neighbor, to a chair beat him with a pistol, slit his throat with a […]
Posted: December 7th, 2015 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1970s, Execution, Florida, Murder
The Murdering Postal Woman, Lena Clarke, 1921
. In early July of 1921, West Palm Beach Postmistress Lena Clarke embezzled $41,000 from two registered money bags that were being sent to the Federal Reserve by a local bank. On July 26, the money was discovered missing and one week later, Miss Clarke appeared at an Orlando, Florida, police station and told officers […]
Posted: June 19th, 2015 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1920s, Florida, Murder, Women, Workplace Violence
Serial Killer James Turner, Active 1954-1975, New York & Florida
Serial Killer James Turner James Turner is an almost entirely unknown suspected serial killer linked to the murders and ‘accidental deaths’ of seven friends, coworkers, and family members in which he was the beneficiary of their life insurance policies. He was active for a twelve-year period between 1963 and 1975, when he was arrested on […]
Posted: January 26th, 2015 under Serial Killers Anonymous, Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Florida, Murder, New York, Serial Killer