Horror History — October 17

Birthdays: Michael McKean, Mark Gatiss, Wood Harris, Justin Shenkarow, Max Irons Movie releases and premieres: Puppetmaster III: Toulon's Revenge, I Know What You Did Last Summer, From Hell, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Newspaper clippings: a “detective” appears to have actually been a hitman; woman rises in coffin; robbery victim survives Niagara fall

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published October 17, 1928 South Bend, Indiana Berlin, Germany Buffalo, New York First article: a woman named Mrs. Rhyer hires a detective to persuade her husband's mistress, Mrs. Stultz, to leave the couple alone. Allegedly, the detective informed Mrs. Rhyer Stultz would no longer be an issue, a statement which…

London beer flood

October 17, 1814 St. Giles, London, England A vat of beer ruptures, killing at least 8 A beer vat at the Meux and Company Brewery ruptured, sending 135,000 imperial gallons (161,000 US gallons or 610,000 liters) of beer flowing. The wave caused a domino-effect with other beer vats, releasing a total of 323,000 imperial gallons…

Paris Massacre of 1961

October 17, 1961 Paris, France At least 40 and possibly more than 200 Algerian demonstrators are killed by the French National Police Pro-National Liberation Front demonstrators gathered Neuilly Bridge. Recently, the National Liberation Front had increased its bombing in France which brought resentment from the French police towards the demonstrators. The French National Police assembled…