California

Woman murdered and raped by estranged husband who then killed himself

August 14, 1980 West Los Angeles, California 20-year-old Dorothy Stratten is shot to death by her estranged husband Stratten's husband, Paul Snider, had met Stratten while she was working part time at Dairy Queen. He convinced her to submit photos to Playboy which led to her becoming Miss August 1979, two months after they married.… Continue reading Woman murdered and raped by estranged husband who then killed himself

Executions · Kentucky

The last public execution in the United States

August 14, 1936 Owensboro, Kentucky Rainey Bethea becomes the last person publicly executed in the United States Bethea was convicted of the rape and murder of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards, who was choked during the violent sexual assault. He left behind damning evidence including a distinctive ring as well as fingerprints, linking him solidly to the… Continue reading The last public execution in the United States

Executions · Italy · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

August 14, 1480 Otranto, Italy Following a 15-day siege, 813 men are beheaded for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam The siege began with Ottoman forces attacking Otranto, which was well equipped to guard against them, but only temporarily. Once the army was able to force their way into the city, the "archbishop was… Continue reading Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

August 14, 1902 Near Irondale, Missouri A man looking for scrap wood finds a baby in a valise who had been thrown from a train William Helms (72) was constructing a barn and needed additional scrap lumber. He visited a riverbank near a railroad trestle and noticed a valise (a small suitcase). As he approached… Continue reading Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 14

Birthdays:Jim Wynorski (August 14, 1950), who wrote and directed, Chopping Mall (1986), Transylvania Twist (1989), Raptor (2001), Gargoyle (2004), Cry of the Winged Serpent (2007), Bone Eater (2007), Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015), wrote Forbidden World (1982), House IV (1992), and directed The Return of Swamp Thing (1989), The Haunting of Morella (1990), Sorority House… Continue reading Today in Horror History: August 14