California · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

A bomb, thought to have been set by anti-war protestors, detonates during a parade honoring the US entering into WWI

July 22, 1916 San Francisco, California A bomb detonates at the Preparedness Day Parade, killing 10 and wounding 40 The parade was meant to commemorate the United States’ preparations to enter into World War I, and the bombing is suspected to be in protest of the nation entering into the foray. Prior to the bombing,… Continue reading A bomb, thought to have been set by anti-war protestors, detonates during a parade honoring the US entering into WWI

France · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the… Continue reading The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

California

Teenager murdered by three others who wanted to sacrifice her to help their band become successful

July 22, 1995 Arroyo Grande, California 15-year-old Elyse Pahler is killed and raped by three teenaged boys who claimed she was sacrificed to help their band go “professional” The boys, Jacob Delashmutt, Joseph Fiorella, and Royce Casey, were between 14 and 16 years old and were acquainted with Pahler. At trial, Casey testified for the… Continue reading Teenager murdered by three others who wanted to sacrifice her to help their band become successful

Illinois

The death of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1

July 22, 1934 Chicago, Illinois Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger is killed by federal agents as he leaves a theater Dillinger was a bank robber during the Depression Era and, like other bank robbers at the time including Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson, had achieved a sort of celebrity… Continue reading The death of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: July 22

Birthdays:James Whale (July 22, 1889 - May 29, 1957), the legendary director behind horror classics Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Willem Dafoe (July 22, 1955), who starred in The Hunger (1983), “Deadly Nightmares” (episode: Ghostwriter), Mississippi Burning (1988), American Psycho (2000), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Anamorph (2007), Antichrist… Continue reading Today in Horror History: July 22