The murder of Marvin Gaye

April 1, 1984 Los Angeles, California The “Prince of Soul” Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father following an argument Gaye is best remembered for his soulful songs including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Let’s Get It On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” among many…

Photo of killer and victim hours before murder

April 1, 1984 Las Vegas, Nevada Serial killer Christopher Wilder watches Seventeen magazine pageant winner Michelle Korfman (seen in the foreground holding flowers) shortly before he abducted, raped, and murdered her Wilder was dubbed “The Beauty Queen Killer,” targeting beauty pageant winners and models. In a 6-week crime spree, he abducted and raped at least…

Vintage news clippings: April Fools collection

Happy April Fool’s Day! In celebration, here’s a collection of various bits of misfortune surrounding the holiday. Doctor tricked to going to a supposedly sick patient, stabs prankster in head, neck, and body in response The Weekly-Times Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana) Apr 3 1886 Man scared wife to death with prank Detroit Free Press (Detroit,…