Alabama

Woman struck by meteorite piece, the only documented case of a human being hit by space debris

November 30, 1954 Oak Grove, Alabama A piece of a meteorite hits Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges, leaving a large bruise The fragment crashed through Hodges’ farmhouse roof, bounced off a console radio, and struck Hodges in the thigh as she was sleeping on a couch. Though bruised, Hodges was not seriously wounded by the fragment,… Continue reading Woman struck by meteorite piece, the only documented case of a human being hit by space debris

Florida

The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

November 29, 1992 Gibsonton, Florida Circus performer Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles, Jr. is killed by a 17-year-old hitman hired by his wife and stepson Stiles was born with ectrodactyly, a generic condition which fuses fingers and/or toes into a claw-like shape. Because of this, he joined his father, who also had ectrodactyly, and toured with… Continue reading The murder of Grady “Lobster Boy” Stiles

Executions · Female Killers · Louisiana

Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

November 28, 1942 Lake Charles, Louisiana Toni Jo Henry is executed in the electric chair Henry was 26 when she was executed for murder, carried out to get her husband released from his 50-year jail term. In 1940, Henry devised a plan with Harold Burks to rob a bank to fund a defense team for… Continue reading Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

The death of “Baby Face” Nelson

November 26, 1934 Barrington, Illinois George “Baby Face” Nelson is fatally shot by federal agents Nelson, born Lester Joseph Gillis, was given the nickname “Baby Face” due to his youthful appearance, though it was a nickname few used to address Nelson directly. Instead, colleagues called him “Jimmy.” Nelson was a career criminal and had many… Continue reading The death of “Baby Face” Nelson

Florida · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills 4 after Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2009 Jupiter, Florida Paul Michael Merhige shoots several members of his family at Thanksgiving, killing four Merhige visited the his cousin’s home for Thanksgiving. He spent three hours eating, chatting, and singing with his extended family before killing his twin sisters (one of whom was pregnant), his aunt, and his cousin’s 6-year-old daughter,… Continue reading Man kills 4 after Thanksgiving dinner