Minnesota · Newspaper clippings

False, but humorous, rumor about “a lumber camp orgy” which allegedly killed 14 is spread

December 25, 1912 Bemidji, Minnesota A rumor of 14 drunken lumberjacks battling with broadaxes during Christmas Day is spread Though the story is humorous and eye-catching, appearing on the front page of The Coffeyville Daily Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas Dec. 26, 1912) it was quickly revealed to be an exaggeration and was condemned as such in… Continue reading False, but humorous, rumor about “a lumber camp orgy” which allegedly killed 14 is spread

New Mexico · Newspaper clippings

Prison cook kills inmate after fight over cooking

December 25, 1890 Albuquerque, New Mexico A jail cook stabbed a fellow inmate to death following an argument about the cook's "unpalatable" food The victim, Samuel McCowan, had insulted the cooking to other inmates and threw a handful of salt at the face of James Mullen, the cook. A fight broke out ending in a… Continue reading Prison cook kills inmate after fight over cooking

Female Killers · Florida

Mother murders son, attempts to kill self on Christmas

December 25, 2008 Port St. Lucie, Florida Eryn Allegra smothers her 8-year-old before trying to commit suicide Allegra had recently faced financial difficulties after losing her job and became depressed and suicidal. She planned to kill not only herself but also her 8-year-old son Tristan Michael Allegra, claiming she didn't want to leave him behind… Continue reading Mother murders son, attempts to kill self on Christmas