August 9, 1913 Saint-Ouen, Paris, France This vintage crime scene photograph offers little information about the victim or the crime aside from the date.
August 4, 1952 Lurs, France Sir Jack Drummond, his wife Anne, and their 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth are killed while vacationing Drummond, a biochemist, had been instrumental in WWII, ensuring nutritional guidelines were met in rations. On the evening of August 4, 1952, the family pulled their car to the side of the road; their bodies… Continue reading Family of 3 murdered while vacationing
July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the… Continue reading The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”
From The Illustrated Police News Published June 19, 1890 The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated or fabricated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers. From left to right, top to bottom: A husband and wife duo, John and Mary Jane Duckworth Pickavance, shot… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890
July 13, 1793 Paris, France Charlotte Corday assassinates Jean Paul Marat as he bathes Marat, an outspoken leader of the French Revolution, was targeted by Corday because of his role in the September Massacres. (Marat and others encouraged the executions of 1200-1400 prisoners so they could not escape.) Corday also believed his death would halt… Continue reading Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath