The death of Leonidas

August 11, 480 BC Thermopylae, Ancient Greece Leonidas I (Λεωνίδας) is killed in a battle against Persian forces Leonidas was approximately 60 years old when he gathered a group of 1,200 soldiers to stop the invading Persian forces. Of the 1,200 soldiers, 300 were Spartan hoplites (heavily armed foot soldiers) and 900 were helots (a…

Man executed for the abduction and murder of 9-year-old

August 11, 1999 Texas James Otto Earhart is executed for the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Kandy Janell Kirtland Earhart had reportedly visited the Kirtland home a week before Kandy’s disappearance, claiming to be interested in purchasing a paint sprayer the family was selling. Kandy’s stepmother later recalled Earhart looking Kandy “up and down” and…

4-year-old dies after being stomped on by stepmother

August 11, 1961 Mascoutah, Illinois 4-year-old Michele LeAnn Morgan dies from injuries inflicted by her stepmother Michele had been beaten and stomped on by her stepmother, Mary Morgan, after Michele supposedly lied about something which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 5, 1996) reported was “so trivial [Michele’s brother] doesn’t remember what it was.” As Michele’s…

Today in Horror History: August 11

Birthdays:Stuart Gordon (August 11, 1947), who wrote and directed Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), Space Truckers (1996), and “Masters of Horror” episodes Dream in the Witch House and The Black Cat. He wrote Body Snatchers (1993), The Dentist (1996), and Progeny (1998), and directed Dolls (1987), Daughter of Darkness (1990), The Pit…