The Torreón massacre: 300+ dead when Mexican citizens attacked Chinese immigrants for taking away jobs

May 15, 1911 Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico Maderistas (members of revolutionary militia) attack the city, resulting in the deaths of over 300 The massacre, which spanned from May 13-15, was a result of civil unrest over recent arrivals of Chinese immigrants, whom the Maderistas believed were taking the jobs of Mexican women. The Leavenworth Post (Leavenworth,…

Man kidnaps, rapes, bashes toddler against wall

May 15, 1948 Blackburn, Lancashire, England 3-year-old June Anne Devaney is kidnapped, raped, and beaten against a wall June was recovering from pneumonia in the hospital when she was abducted. In the early morning hours, a nurse making her rounds noticed the child was missing. Her body was discovered by police a couple hours later.…

FLW: a request for a gas mask in the gas chamber

Famous Last Words Jack Sullivan Florence, Arizona May 15, 1936 “You might get me a gas mask.” Sullivan was convicted of the death of police officer John Bradbury when the officer attempted to search him for firearms. Sullivan drank whiskey, smoked cigars, and grinned at the witnesses to his execution before being strapped into the…

10,000 lynch teen after he confesses to murder

May 15, 1916 Waco, Texas Teenager Jesse Washington is lynched in front of a crowd of 10,000 Lucy Fryer, a white woman, was murdered by blunt force trauma on May 8, 1916. Blame almost immediately fell upon 17-year-old Jesse Washington, a black teen who worked on the Fryer farm. When sheriff's deputies questioned Washington, they…