New York

Man kills 4, wounds several more in 27-hour stabbing spree

February 11, 2011 Brooklyn, New York Maksim Gelman (23, pictured) begins a 28-hour stabbing spree, ultimately leaving 4 dead The attack began following an argument over Gelman’s mother’s car. Gelman wanted to borrow the car though his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov (54) refused to lend the vehicle. Gelman then stabbed Kuznetsov at least 11 times before… Continue reading Man kills 4, wounds several more in 27-hour stabbing spree

Washington DC

The Ouija Board gets its patent

February 10, 1891 Washington, D.C., United States Elijah J. Bond's Ouija Board is granted its patent The Ouija Board, considered a "toy or game," at least for the sake of the patent, originally utilized a planchette with tall legs and a pointed end rather than the lower, heart-shaped version with a small window in which… Continue reading The Ouija Board gets its patent

Canada · Executions

Man hanged, possibly wrongfully, for the murder of a teenage tourist

February 10, 1956 Montreal, Quebec Wilbert Coffin (pictured) is hanged for the murder of an American tourist Eugene Lindsay, his 17-year-old son Richard, and 20-year-old family friend Frederick Claar traveled from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania to the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec to hunt bears. They departed on June 5, 1953 and were last seen on June 10,… Continue reading Man hanged, possibly wrongfully, for the murder of a teenage tourist

Executions · Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

February 9, 1940 Reidsville, Georgia James Fisher (alias James Johnson) and Joe Mathis are executed for the murders of an elderly couple during a robbery On September 12, 1939, John E. and Emma Trainer (ages 73 and 72 respectively) were killed in the dining room of their home. The apparent motive was robbery; the couple… Continue reading Two men executed for beating and shootings deaths of elderly couple

California · Newspaper clippings · Religion · unsolved

A headless body of a man, suspected to be killed during a ritual, is found

February 8, 1981 San Francisco, California The headless body of Leroy Carter Jr. is found in a sleeping bag Carter’s body did not initially stir concern as passersby believed he was simply sleeping. Upon closer inspection it was found he had been beheaded, with two kernels of corn and a chicken’s wing pushed into his… Continue reading A headless body of a man, suspected to be killed during a ritual, is found