December 19, 1848 Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England Emily Jane Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, dies at the age of 30 Brontë, it is believed, had her health compromised by contaminated drinking water tainted by run-of from the local graveyard. In September 1848, her brother Branwell died suddenly and, while at his funeral, Emily… Continue reading The death of Emily Jane Brontë
December 19, 1942 California The caption accompanying this photo reads "Miss Maravene Terry burned to death caused by smoking a cigarette in bed. 1922 No Highland Ave Apt 16, 12-19-42."
From The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston-Auburn, Maine) Published December 19, 1983 The mystery behind the "Liquid Matthew Case," a murder with a set of clues in various locations, is solved The case began with the discovery of a man's body on December 6. A note was found in a plastic bag taped humorously taped to… Continue reading The mysterious clues of the “Liquid Matthew” case
Famous Last Words Richard Carpenter Chicago, Illinois December 19, 1958 "I don't want anyone else to stand in my shoes." Carpenter was a serial robber and committed over 100 robberies before killing a police officer. His arrest was particularly violent as he put up a violent struggle; the Chicago Daily Tribune reported "it took 30… Continue reading FLW: don’t stand in his shoes