Indiana · Newspaper clippings

The birth of Pearl and Ruby Jones, their short lives, and the death of their father

June 24, 1889 Indiana Conjoined twins Pearl and Ruby Jones are born Pearl and Ruby were born joined at the pelvis and without legs, to parents James Henry (24) and Lucinda (19). The girls were reported to have been 22 pounds at birth. Sources listed their birthplace alternately as either Tipton or Russiaville, Indiana. Pearl… Continue reading The birth of Pearl and Ruby Jones, their short lives, and the death of their father

Executions · Famous Last Words · Nebraska

FLW: let the juice flow

Famous Last Words Frank Carter Lincoln, Nebraska June 24, 1927 “Let the juice flow.” For two weeks in early 1926, Carter used a .22 caliber pistol with a silencer to shoot at people near windows, with no particular targets in mind. Newspapers recommended citizens avoid standing near open or lighted windows and, though there were… Continue reading FLW: let the juice flow

Louisiana

An arsonist sets a fire at the UpStairs Lounge, killing 32 and injuring 15

June 24, 1973 New Orleans, Louisiana An arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge kills 32 and wounds 15 During the final day of Pride Week, members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a pro-gay rights church, had been discussing a fundraiser benefitting the local Crippled Children's Hospital. A door buzzer rang and when the door was… Continue reading An arsonist sets a fire at the UpStairs Lounge, killing 32 and injuring 15

Crime Scene Photography · New York

The body of a female victim is found, with the possible story of her death

June 24, 1917 New York, New York A female homicide victim is photographed This photograph is accompanied only by a caption reading “Homicide (female) 1917 #1724 6/24/17”. Little else is known of who this woman was, why or how she was killed, or if her murderer was brought to justice, though author Luc Sante mentions… Continue reading The body of a female victim is found, with the possible story of her death