Man goes to execution with smile on his face

June 27, 1904 Ossining, New York Frank Henry Burness is executed in the electric chair, wearing a smile on his face Burness was convicted and executed for the death of Captain George B. Townsend over $20 which Burness claimed Townsend owed. Burness also confessed to four other murders, but these potential victims and the validity…

Illustrated Police Journal: skeleton bites burglar

From The Illustrated Police News Published June 27, 1874 The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers. The story of the skeleton biting a burglar was printed as follows: A Skeleton in the closet is not generally considered…