California · Newspaper clippings

Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

From the San Francisco Call Published October 10, 1900 A teenage girl was found not guilty of animal cruelty after she poured boiling water on rats to kill them. The rats had been killing Belgian hares and pigeons Alice Carranza (between 15 and 17, pictured) kept as pets, and to exterminate the rodents, she caged… Continue reading Girl acquitted of killing rats with boiling water

California · Executions · Newspaper clippings

Man executed for murdering woman who was targeted simply because she was a woman

October 8, 1915 Folsom, California Burr Harris is executed for the random murder of Rebecca Gay Harris claimed to have wanted to simply kill a woman, any woman. He came across Gay's door, the first one he saw, created a reason to enter her office, then beat her to death before stealing $25. The bludgeoning… Continue reading Man executed for murdering woman who was targeted simply because she was a woman

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Couple murdered by hitmen hired by sons in “Ninja Yom Kippur Murders”

September 25, 1985 West Los Angeles, California Gerald and Vera Woodman are shot to death in their condominium’s parking garage by two men hired by their sons The Woodmans had just arrived home from a Yom Kippur dinner when two men, one of whom was described by a witness as “dressed like a Ninja warrior,”… Continue reading Couple murdered by hitmen hired by sons in “Ninja Yom Kippur Murders”

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Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

September 9, 1921 San Francisco, California Actress Virginia Rappe dies of a ruptured bladder and peritonitis Rappe had attended a party on September 5 with various other celebrities including Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. During the evening, the guests became drunk (despite the party occurring during the Prohibition), and Rappe reportedly began stripping after complaining she could… Continue reading Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

California · Crime Scene Photography

Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder

September 5, 1932 Beverly Hills, California Paul Bern dies in an apparent suicide Bern was an acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter, and producer. He also had a live-in common-law wife, Dorothy Millette, before she was committed to a sanitarium for various mental and emotional illnesses. Bern later met actress Jean Harlow at a movie premiere in… Continue reading Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder