The Elephant Man’s death

April 11, 1890 Whitechapel, London, England Joseph Merrick, known most by his human curiosity name "The Elephant Man," dies at 27 Merrick had a condition which is still debated today, suffering from neurofibromatosis type I and/or Proteus Syndrome. He was found dead in his bed on April 11. Officially, his death was ruled as asphyxia…

An unflattering gravestone

April 11, 1996 Arizona Mona Herold Vanni dies, and a scathing epitaph left by her children on her gravestone Though the history behind Mona’s gravestone hasn’t been verified, one Redditor claiming to be the Jackie on the headstone wrote this, verbatim, of her mother: “I am the Jackie on Mona Herald Vanni's tombstone. I had…

Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

April 11, 1965 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Three-year-old Dennis Jurgens is murdered by his adoptive mother Adopted just after his first birthday, Dennis suffered years of abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. Lois had had a history of mental illnesses — including depression and psychosis — and was originally deemed unfit…