Massachusetts · Today in Horror History

Edgar Allan Poe born

Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe Born January 19, 1809 Poe dropped out of the University of Virginia and was expelled from the United States Military Academy and struggled with finances when he decided to make a living entirely from his writing, but is recognized for creating the detective fiction genre and helping lay the groundwork… Continue reading Edgar Allan Poe born

Disasters · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

700 flu deaths in 7 days

From the Chicago Tribune Monday, January 19, 1890 The flu claims 700 victims in 7 days The Influenza (sometimes also called The Grip) epidemic depicted in this article was only a small portion of the whole pandemic; it reached across the entire globe and during its reign from 1889-1890 (there were a few brief reoccurrences… Continue reading 700 flu deaths in 7 days

Female Killers · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Pregnant woman and 3 children murdered over jealousy

January 19, 1999 Springfield, Missouri Erin Vanderhoef (36) and her 3 children Darlene Vanderhoef (8) Jimmy Vanderhoef (11) and Chris Franklin (10) are killed by Vanderhoef's former and occasional lover and 2 accomplices Vanderhoef had allegedly been sleeping with Richard DeLong, a man she used to date, while DeLong's girlfriend and mother of his child,… Continue reading Pregnant woman and 3 children murdered over jealousy

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Mysterious phone call leads undertaker to dead body in wine cellar

From The Evening World (left article) and The New York Times (right) Published January 19, 1917 Dominick Mostropaolo had his throat slit and was dragged between wine caskets before a strange phone call instructed an undertaker, who ran his business over the wine cellar, to check on Mostropaolo. It appears as though the mystery caller… Continue reading Mysterious phone call leads undertaker to dead body in wine cellar