Mug Shot Monday! Nannie Hutchinson & son, Charles, 1903
On November 1, 1903, Eli Feasel disappeared from his farm south west of Bostwick, Nebraska, about 15 miles east of Red Cloud. His housekeeper, Nannie Hutchinson, said he went to visit his son in Kansas City. Feasel’s brother, Thomas, grew suspicious when inquiries found no trace of Eli. Investigation led to the arrest of the […]
Posted: May 23rd, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1900-1919, Murder, Nebraska, Women
Mug Shot Monday! Bert Martin, Horse Thief, 1900
Bert Martin, Horse thief, 1900/01 In October 1900, ranch hand Bert Martin went on trial for stealing horses in Springview, Nebraska, the county seat of Keya Paha County. During his trial, he was supported by his wife and step-child, as well as his widowed-mother. On October 13, he was found guilty and sentenced to serve […]
Posted: March 28th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1900-1919, Nebraska, Petty Crimes, Women
Mug Shot Monday! Sgt. John Reid, 1906
On the evening of May 13, 1906, a violent confrontation occurred between the African American members of Troop B, Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, and the townspeople of nearby Crawford, Nebraska. A year before, Crawford City Marshal Arthur Moss and Sergeant John Reid of Troop B had come close to […]
Posted: March 7th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1900-1919, Nebraska
The Saga of Mona Wilson: Innocent Woman Serves Ten Years for Murder
Mona Wilson’s 1927 Mug Shot for the women’s prison in York, Nebraska In 1927, thirty-one-year-old Mona Wilson lived with her husband of two years on her parents’ farm in rural Sheridan County, Nebraska. She was a loyal daughter who helped them on their rented farm and had little interest in the outside world. Mona […]
Posted: February 24th, 2016 under Short Feature Story.
Tags: 1920s, Injustice, Nebraska, Women
Mug Shot Monday! Adolph Smetak, 1925
In August 1925, neighbors of Prague, Nebraska, farmer John Smetak grew suspicious when they hadn’t seen him since March. His son, Adolph, told neighbors he had gone back to the “old country” (Bohemia) to visit relatives. Their suspicions led them to report the missing man to county deputies who began their search on the […]
Posted: January 12th, 2016 under Mug Shot Monday.
Tags: 1920s, Murder, Nebraska
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
Small Town, Vigilante Justice in 1907
While searching my newspaper archive sources for specific stories, or just on fishing expeditions for new ones, I often come across stories about a lynch mob serving up vigilante justice to an unconvicted murderer. In most cases, the lynch mob would storm the jail where the prisoner was held and grab him while others held […]
Posted: October 15th, 2014 under Rediscovered Crime News.
Tags: 1900-1919, Murder, Nebraska
The Genesis of the Lie-Detector Test
. Told he was dying from a heat stroke, Fuller Schallenberger confessed on a hot summer day in July 1913, that he and another man, Charles Kopf, murdered Julian Behaud in 1899 at the victim’s home in Julian, Nebraska. When Schallenberger awoke the next morning, he was well on his way to recovering. Unfortunately, he […]
Posted: September 24th, 2013 under Rediscovered Crime News.
Tags: 1900-1919, Nebraska