Charlie Chaplin’s body stolen, later ransomed

March 2, 1978Corsier-Sur-Vevey, SwitzerlandThe body of Sir Charles “Charlie” Spencer Chaplin is stolen and later ransomed Charlie had died in his sleep on December 25, 1977, at the age of 88. On March 2, a municipal worker conducting a routine check of the small cemetery where Charlie had been interred noticed his grave had been…

2013 Menznau shooting

February 27, 2013 Menznau, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland Viktor Berisha shoots co-workers at a wood processing plant, killing 4 and injuring 7 The motive behind the attack is unclear as Berisha was killed in the attack as well, either by a self-inflicted gunshot or by other factory workers defending themselves. The youngest victim was 26.

Mass murderer believed parliament was persecuting him

September 27, 2001 Zug, Switzerland Friedrich Leibacher, believing a plot was against him from his parliament, brings several legally-purchased guns and a home-made bomb to the parliament, shooting at politicians and journalists, killing 14 and wounding 18 before killing himself Leibacher had a reputation for bringing forth a large number of lawsuits which were dismissed,…

Scars self to dissuade attention

August 25, 1924 Geneva, Switzerland  The Chicago Daily Tribune reports a self-inflicted acid attack by a woman seeking to destroy her beauty so her husband would stop accusing her of attracting unwanted attention from other men. More horrific history from today: 1835: The Great Moon Hoax (2017) 1955: Child beaten with hammer for singing (2017)…