Graves · Texas

Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

October 4, 1867 Texas A sick man wanders onto the lawn of J. S. Donaldson and dies before being able to reveal his name Without a name, the man’s family could not be notified to lay his body to rest. It’s likely the community or Donaldson paid to have the stranger buried and to erect… Continue reading Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

England · Graves

Unidentified woman found murdered, grave erected in her memory

August 15, 1821 Bedfordshire, England An unidentified woman is found with her throat sliced The well-dressed woman’s body was found under a tree in Blackgrove Wood, “her throat cut in two places, and otherwise much mangled and bruised” (Jackson’s Oxford Journal. August 25, 1821). An impromptu stretcher was fashioned from a door to bring her… Continue reading Unidentified woman found murdered, grave erected in her memory

Graves · Norway

The killing of black metal guitarist Euronymous

August 10, 1993 Oslo, Norway Øystein Aarseth, known by the pseudonym Euronymous, member of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is killed by fellow band mate Varg Vikernes Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes) and Snorre "Blackthorn" Ruch (a member of the Norwegian black metal band Thorns) drove to Euronymous' apartment in Oslo. After a confrontation, Euronymous… Continue reading The killing of black metal guitarist Euronymous

California · Graves

Nicholas Markowitz’s murder, the inspiration for Alpha Dogs

August 9, 2000 Santa Ynez mountains, Goleta, California Nicholas Markowitz is murdered over an alleged $1,200 debt his half-brother owed to a drug dealer Markowitz was kidnapped while walking along a street, originally to be held as ransom to settle a debt owed by Markowitz's brother Ben to Jesse James Hollywood. Markowitz, while held hostage,… Continue reading Nicholas Markowitz’s murder, the inspiration for Alpha Dogs

Graves · South Dakota

The murder of Wild Bill Hickok

August 2, 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present day South Dakota) Gunfighter, showman, marshal, and soldier of the American Old West, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok is killed while playing cards Hickok had apparently insulted Jack McCall the day before his death; McCall had hit a losing streak while playing cards and Hickok suggested McCall quit… Continue reading The murder of Wild Bill Hickok