Texas

Boy shot by police officer during interrogation in back of squad car

July 24, 1973 Dallas, Texas Brothers David (13, left) and Santos (12, right) Rodriguez are pulled from their beds, handcuffed, and questioned in squad car before a police officer interrogating them shoots Santos The boys were awakened in the night by officers who suspected the brothers of stealing $8 in change from a Coke machine.… Continue reading Boy shot by police officer during interrogation in back of squad car

Disasters · Illinois

Ship capsized while docked, kills 844

July 24, 1915 Chicago, Illinois The S.S. Eastland capsizes while docked, killing 844 passengers and crew The ship had recently complied to the Seamen's Act which, following the disaster of the Titanic three years before, required passenger vehicles to increase their number of lifeboats. This caused the ship, which was already top-heavy, to become severely… Continue reading Ship capsized while docked, kills 844

Executions · Famous Last Words · Virginia

FLW: dying to get out of here

Famous Last Words Christopher Scott Emmett Virginia July 24, 2008 “Tell my family and friends I love them, tell the Governor he just lost my vote. Y’all hurry this along, I'm dying to get out of here.” Emmett was executed by lethal injection for the murder of a co-worker and roommate, John F. Langley. Langley… Continue reading FLW: dying to get out of here

Female Killers · Illinois

Mother kills daughter with hammer, claims she doesn’t know why

July 24, 1946 Chicago, Illinois Lucille Grider (34 or 38) kills her daughter, Carole, with a hammer Carole (alt. spelling Carol) was either 7 or 8 at the time of her murder (sources vary). According to The Ludington Daily News (July 26, 1946), Grider stated “I don’t know what happened. Carol put her arms around… Continue reading Mother kills daughter with hammer, claims she doesn’t know why

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: July 24

Birthdays:Chris Sarandon (July 24, 1942), who starred in The Sentinel (1977), Fright Night (1985), Child’s Play (1988), Whispers (1990), The Resurrected (1991), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), “The Outer Limits” (episode: Corner of the Eye), Bordello of Blood (1996), The Vampyre Wars (1996), “Perversions of Science” (episode: Panic), Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), Reaper… Continue reading Today in Horror History: July 24