California

Man murdered, crime blamed on “gang” with no evidence against them (1942)

August 2, 1942 Los Angeles, California 22-year-old José Gallardo Díaz is found unconscious and dying, indirectly sparking the Zoot Suit Riots Díaz was found beaten, stabbed, and unconscious by a group attempting to move their vehicle from a ditch. He was taken to a hospital but died the same day, never regaining consciousness. The coroner… Continue reading Man murdered, crime blamed on “gang” with no evidence against them (1942)

Georgia

Two teens murder the grandparents of one to be together

August 2, 2004 Fayette County, Georgia Holly Harvey (left) and her girlfriend Sandy Ketchum (right) kill Harvey's grandparents On August 2, Ketchum suggested they steal a truck belonging to Harvey's grandfather. Harvey commented "We'll have to kill them first," though she claimed at trial that she "didn't mean nothing by that." Also during trial, when… Continue reading Two teens murder the grandparents of one to be together

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 2

Birthdays:The legendary Wes Craven (August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015), who wrote and directed The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Swamp Thing (1982), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1985), Shocker (1989), The People Under the Stairs (1991), and New Nightmare (1994). Jacinda Barrett (August 2, 1972), who starred… Continue reading Today in Horror History: August 2

Graves · South Dakota

The murder of Wild Bill Hickok

August 2, 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present day South Dakota) Gunfighter, showman, marshal, and soldier of the American Old West, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok is killed while playing cards Hickok had apparently insulted Jack McCall the day before his death; McCall had hit a losing streak while playing cards and Hickok suggested McCall quit… Continue reading The murder of Wild Bill Hickok