California · Crime Scene Photography · Newspaper clippings

Unusual Suicide Device (graphic)

August 23, 1931
San Dimas canyon, California
The body of Frank Hinchcliff is found following an unusual suicide

Hinchcliff (32), for motives unknown, decided to end his life by placing a stick of dynamite under his hat, connecting 2 wires to the “sparking apparatus of his automobile,” and touching the wires together causing the dynamite (and the top of his head) to explode.

Clipping: Covina Argus (Covina, California) August 27, 1931


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1912: 4-year-old disappears, “found” in another state (2018)

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Today in Horror History: August 23

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