Disasters · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Aftermath of the Iroquois Theater fire

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published December 31, 1903 Several pages dedicated to the fire at the Iroquois Theater the day before depicts the scene in which 571 died from either the fire, suffocation, or injuries sustained from attempting to escape. The entire 7 pages of articles addressing the disaster can be read here. (Note:… Continue reading Aftermath of the Iroquois Theater fire

Nebraska

The murder of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert, and Phillip DeVine

December 31, 1993 Humboldt, Nebraska 21-year-old Brandon Teena is murdered along with 2 friends after reporting a gang rape Teena was a trans man, a fact that was discovered at a Christmas Eve party when two men, suspicious about Teena's anatomical sex, forced him to remove his pants. The men, John Lotter and Tom Nissen,… Continue reading The murder of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert, and Phillip DeVine

Executions · France · Serial Killers

The French Ripper is executed

December 31, 1898 Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France "The French Ripper," or "L'éventreur du Sud-Est" ("The South-East Ripper") Joseph Vacher is executed Vacher, identified by his scarred face, accordion, and white rabbit fur cap, had spent 3 years wandering from town to town, dressed shabbily and accepting handouts from the more charitable citizens. He also spent those… Continue reading The French Ripper is executed

Political · Religion · Russia

The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

December 30, 1916 Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire Rasputin, a Russian healer completely enrobed in mystery, dies. Eventually. A group of nobles, fearing Rasputin's growing power, recruited two assassins to deal with him. Attempting a sneakier, more passive approach, they gave Rasputin food and wine laced with cyanide. When the poison failed, he was shot at… Continue reading The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

Australia · Crime Scene Photography

Vintage mugshot: a thief and bigamist

December 30, 1922 New South Wales, Australia Adeline Alice Cooke has her mugshot taken At just 24, Cooke had a list of arrests including theft and bigamy, a collection of aliases, and at least 2 husbands. She was known to be attractive with even the police noting she was "rather good looking." Photo source: Sydney… Continue reading Vintage mugshot: a thief and bigamist