Crime Scene Photography · Illinois · Massacres/Mass Murder

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 14, 1929 Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre claims the lives of seven men Seven men, lined up against a wall, were murdered by four men, two of whom were dressed as uniformed police officers and two in suits. One man, Frank Gusenberg, survived briefly, being stabilized in the hospital. When… Continue reading Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

New York

“The light has gone out of my life”

February 14, 1884 New York Teddy Roosevelt laments in his diary the passing of his mother and wife within hours of each other Roosevelt held his wife as she passed away 36 hours after the birth of their daughter from undiagnosed Bright's disease, a kidney disease; she was just 22-years-old. Earlier the same day, his… Continue reading “The light has gone out of my life”

Executions · International/Multi-national · Italy · Political · Religion

The martyrdom of Saint Valentine

February 14, 270 (year is approximated) Rome, Italy Saint Valentine is beheaded for marrying Romans to their lovers against the Emperor's command Emperor Claudius the Cruel was disappointed at the lack of men willing to join his army and blamed their lack of enthusiasm on marriage, feeling the reason for low recruitment was due to… Continue reading The martyrdom of Saint Valentine

Executions · Russia · Serial Killers

The execution of Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov

February 14, 1994 Novocherkassk, Russia Andrei Chikatilo is executed for the murder of at least 52 women and children Chikatilo achieved sexual gratification from the act of murdering. He also practiced cannibalism and necrophilia. Russian executions are done with very little pomp or flair, and Chikatilo was brought to a sound proof room where a… Continue reading The execution of Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov