England · Executions · Newspaper clippings

Teen executed for robbery/murder of friend (1831)

August 1, 1831 Maidstone, Kent, England 14-year-old John Any Bird Bell (alt. spelling: Amy Bird) is hanged for slicing the neck of his 13-year-old friend Bell murdered 13-year-old Richard F. Taylor to steal his money on March 4, 1831. Taylor’s body went undiscovered until May 11. John’s 10-year-old brother James had accompanied him during the… Continue reading Teen executed for robbery/murder of friend (1831)

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 1

Birthdays:John Carroll (August 1, 1963), who starred in Fargo (1996), Face/Off (1997), Gothika (2003), “Carnivàle,” Zodiac (2007), Shutter Island (2010), “American Horror Story” (seasons: Freak Show and Hotel), Channel Zero (2017), and “One Dollar.” Kris Holden-Reid (August 1, 1973), who starred in Night of the Demons III (1997), Underworld Awakening (2012), The Returned (2013), and… Continue reading Today in Horror History: August 1

Montana · Political

Man lynched, anti-union threats left with body

August 1, 1917 Butte, Montana Unionist Frank Little is lynched Little was abducted by six masked men around 3 in the morning. While still only clad in his underwear, the men shoved him into a car and sped off. After a short drive, they tied him to the car’s bumper and dragged him over granite… Continue reading Man lynched, anti-union threats left with body

Canada

Man kills sports anchor because he believed television station was broadcasting messages into his head

August 1, 1995 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Jeffrey Arenburg, convinced the television station CJOH was broadcasting messages into his head, shoots and kills sports anchor Brian Smith as he exits the building Three years before the murder, Arenburg had physically assaulted a radio station manager in Nova Scotia, also for supposedly sending broadcasts into his head.… Continue reading Man kills sports anchor because he believed television station was broadcasting messages into his head

Massacres/Mass Murder · Texas

The Texas Tower Sniper claims the lives of 16

August 1, 1966 Austin, Texas Charles Whitman, a former Marine sharpshooter and an Engineering student at the University of Texas, kills his wife and his mother before sniping people at random from the school's clock tower No clear motive was presented by Whitman's suicide note, but he did request if his life insurance was still… Continue reading The Texas Tower Sniper claims the lives of 16