California

“Toxic lady” affects dozens in ER

February 19, 1994 Riverside, California Gloria Ramirez, dubbed “The Toxic Lady” by the media, makes several ER personnel ill after being exposed to her body and blood Ramirez was a volunteer elementary school teacher and was suffering from advanced cervical cancer when she was rushed into an emergency room. Nurse Susan Kane noticed a fruity-garlic… Continue reading “Toxic lady” affects dozens in ER

Scotland

Teenager beaten, strangled during robbery

February 19, 1909 Fife, Scotland 15-year-old Michael Swinton Brown is killed during a robbery Brown was tasked every Friday with collecting the weekly factory wages for his employer, a task which he performed almost mechanically. Every week he took the same route at the same time, a habit Alexander Edmonstone (23) noticed and decided to… Continue reading Teenager beaten, strangled during robbery

California

Father kills children with carbon monoxide poisoning to get back at wife

February 17, 2002 Los Angeles, California Adair Javier Garcia lights a charcoal grill in his home with the intent to kill his 6 children and himself Garcia’s wife, Adriana Ibeth Arreola, had recently left Garcia. According to prosecutors, Garcia became distraught enough to consider suicide but also sought revenge against his wife. While his children… Continue reading Father kills children with carbon monoxide poisoning to get back at wife

Executions · Famous Last Words · France

FLW: noticing spelling errors on death warrant

Famous Last Words Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras Paris, France February 19, 1790 “I see that you have made three spelling mistakes.” De Mahy was executed for “planning against the people of France” by attempting to protect the royal family during the French Revolution. The words most associated with de Mahy’s last statement are… Continue reading FLW: noticing spelling errors on death warrant

Political · Washington DC

Unfaithful congressman acquitted of killing district attorney for having an affair with his wife (1859)

February 19, 1859 Washington, DC Congressman Daniel E. Sickles is acquitted of murder due to a temporary insanity defense, the first time in US history this defense was used successfully Sickles — who had been having a very public affair with a known prostitute, including taking her on vacation to England while his pregnant wife… Continue reading Unfaithful congressman acquitted of killing district attorney for having an affair with his wife (1859)