Doctor kills parents after psychotic episode 

August 26, 2000 Chatham Township, New Jersey Dr. Idella Kathleen Hagan calls police, confessing the murder of her parents after receiving messages to do so in traffic lights, TV commercials, and playing cards Dr. Hagan had had a successful and promising career in medicine, but suffered from clinical depression stemming from the end of her…

Unrequited love ends in murder

August 26, 1890 Decatur, Illinois Lina Culver Mathis is murdered by William H. Crawford whose love was unrequited Mathis' husband had been away on "lightning rod business" the night of the murder. Mathis was found a few blocks from her house, her throat slit from ear to ear. A pool of blood 15 inches from…

The blind king’s final battle

August 26, 1346 Northern France John the Blind, King of Bohemia and blind for a decade, dies in battle against the English King John had allied with King Philip VI of France in 1337 and was placed in control of Philip's advance guard during the Battle of Crécy. Knowing his end was near and his…