Crime Scene Photography · England

“God’s banker,” a bank chairman with ties to the Vatican and the Mafia, is found hanging from a bridge

June 18, 1982 London, England The body of "God's banker" Roberto Calvi is discovered hanging from the scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge Calvi had been a chairman of the second largest private bank in Italy and so had ties to the Vatican, the Mafia, and the Masons. Calvi and several others in prominent positions participated in… Continue reading “God’s banker,” a bank chairman with ties to the Vatican and the Mafia, is found hanging from a bridge

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Scotland

Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

From The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, Western Countries and South Wales Adviser (Bristol, England) Published June 18, 1853 In Glasgow, two men got drunk, were invited by some women back to a “low den” (a place of low moral values, including brothels, gambling houses, or seedy bars), where they were given more alcohol until… Continue reading Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

Executions · France · Newspaper clippings

Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail

June 18, 1898 Paris, France Xavier-Ange Carrara is executed by guillotine for the robbing, murdering, and burning the body of Augustin Lamarre, a collection clerk Carrara's execution was a gruesome affair, as executions by guillotine were known to be. A newspaper article described the events in vivid detail: What followed beggars description. The executioner and… Continue reading Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail

Illinois

Woman forced into mental facility against her will after openly disagreeing with husband’s views

June 18, 1860 Jacksonville, Illinois Elizabeth Packard is committed to the Jacksonville Insane Asylum against her will When the first mental hospital opened in Illinois in 1851, a law was passed which prohibited any patient from being committed against their will without a public hearing to determine their mental health. One provision, however, allowed a… Continue reading Woman forced into mental facility against her will after openly disagreeing with husband’s views