England

Child murdered for costume jewelry

December 22, 1867 England John Mapp (35) kills 9-year-old Catherine Lewis by strangling her and cutting her throat to steal a brass and glass brooch belonging to her step-mother Before heading to church, Catherine fastened her shawl with her step-mother's brooch. After the service, Mapp, Catherine, a servant named Jane Richards, and another churchgoer named… Continue reading Child murdered for costume jewelry

Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Classified clippings: found mule, missing “insane man,” missing albino raccoon (1841)

From the Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA) Published December 22, 1841 A glimpse into the life of those living in Philadelphia in 1841, illustrated by three classifieds placed with various concerns: - a mule found itself at an inn. The mule's owner was requested to pick the animal up and pay any fees it incurred. -… Continue reading Classified clippings: found mule, missing “insane man,” missing albino raccoon (1841)

Indiana

Young girl murdered, dismembered by family friend

December 22, 2011 Fort Wayne, Indiana Michael Plumadore murders and dismembers 9-year-old Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon Plumadore had been a trusted friend of Aliahna's family; he had been living with Aliahna's grandfather, helping to care for the dying man. Aliahna's mother, Tarah Souders, had moved into her father's mobile park to help care for him as well.… Continue reading Young girl murdered, dismembered by family friend

New York · Newspaper clippings

Man sells body (upon his death) for whiskey, is found headless while in transport

December 22, 1887 Newark, New York A headless body was found in a cask. When investigated, it was revealed the body belonged to a drunkard who sold the right to his body, upon his death, in exchange for whiskey. His head had been removed to fit the body in the cask and was kept for… Continue reading Man sells body (upon his death) for whiskey, is found headless while in transport