Crime Scene Photography · Mississippi · Racially Motivated

Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

June 21, 1964 Philadelphia, Mississippi Three civil rights workers are murdered by white supremacists The activists (pictured left to right: Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Henry Schwerner) had visited Meridian, Mississippi to speak with members of a recently burned church, and were on a campaign to encourage the black community to vote. The… Continue reading Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

California · Crime Scene Photography

The murder of Bugsy Siegel

June 20, 1947 Beverly Hills, California Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel is shot to death at his girlfriend's house Siegel, a mobster and one of those behind Las Vegas' success, had been reading a newspaper when an unknown assailant fired a .30 caliber M1 carbine through a window, striking Siegel several times. Popular folklore based on the… Continue reading The murder of Bugsy Siegel

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Woman stabbed, strangled by jealous man

June 19, 1939 Bronx, New York Virginia Bender (18) is stabbed and strangled by a former boarder in her family’s home Three weeks before, Bender had rejected Blazek’s affections. This resulted in an argument and Frank Blazek (29), a boarder, moving out of the Bender family’s home. On the day of the murder, Bender was… Continue reading Woman stabbed, strangled by jealous man

Crime Scene Photography · Illinois

Mobster Salvatore Giancana murdered

June 19, 1975 Oak Park, Illinois Mobster Salvatore “Sam” Giancana is shot and killed in his home Giancana was scheduled to appear at a committee meeting involving an alleged collusion between the CIA and Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Shortly before this meeting, the police detail assigned to guard his house was recalled. The same… Continue reading Mobster Salvatore Giancana murdered

Crime Scene Photography · England

“God’s banker,” a bank chairman with ties to the Vatican and the Mafia, is found hanging from a bridge

June 18, 1982 London, England The body of "God's banker" Roberto Calvi is discovered hanging from the scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge Calvi had been a chairman of the second largest private bank in Italy and so had ties to the Vatican, the Mafia, and the Masons. Calvi and several others in prominent positions participated in… Continue reading “God’s banker,” a bank chairman with ties to the Vatican and the Mafia, is found hanging from a bridge