California · Newspaper clippings

Man kills wife, 5 children, self, motive unclear (1905)

May 24, 1905 San Rafael, California A man kills his wife, five children whose ages range from 14 months to 13 years, and himself The killer, Edwin Stevens, left no suicide note so the motive behind the murders is unclear. Each victim was shot in bed. Two of the children managed to survive until police… Continue reading Man kills wife, 5 children, self, motive unclear (1905)

Disasters · Israel

Wedding hall collapses, killing 23 and injuring 380

May 24, 2001 Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel During a wedding reception, the third story of the Versailles wedding hall collapses, killing 23 and injuring 380 The collapse was due to structural failure of the building. Part of the building had originally been intended to be a two-story structure while another part was designed to be three-stories.… Continue reading Wedding hall collapses, killing 23 and injuring 380

California · Executions · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for the murder of his elderly common-law wife following an argument

May 24, 1935 Folsom, California Tully McQuate is hanged for murder of an elderly widow McQuate (44) had been living with Ellen Straw (74) — who according to the Medford Mail Tribune (May 26, 1935) was his common-law-wife — for about a year before her murder. Shortly before her murder, she had become somewhat jealous… Continue reading Man executed for the murder of his elderly common-law wife following an argument

Kansas · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

The Potawatomi Massacre: 5 pro-slavery men killed by abolitionists

May 24, 1856 Franklin County, Kansas John Brown, 4 of his sons, and 2 accomplices (one of whom later claimed to have been forced to assist) kill 5 pro-slavery men with broadswords and guns in retaliation following a pro-slavery attack against abolitionists Prior to the Potawatomi Massacre, a group led by a sheriff and containing… Continue reading The Potawatomi Massacre: 5 pro-slavery men killed by abolitionists

Crime Scene Photography · Louisiana

The deaths of Bonnie and Clyde

May 23, 1934 Bienville Parish, Louisiana Infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed in an ambush The two were notorious for their robberies and murders and grew to a celebrity status among the general population, which concerned Bonnie and Clyde as hiding became much more difficult. In June 1933 things became even more… Continue reading The deaths of Bonnie and Clyde