Connecticut

William Winchester dies, leading to Sarah Winchester’s creation of the Winchester Mystery House

March 7, 1881 New Haven, Connecticut William Winchester dies of “pulmonary consumption” (now known as tuberculosis) William Winchester was the son of the founder of the Winchester Arms Co., and the inventor of the repeating rifle. His financial success from the sale of weapons transferred to Sarah upon his death, in the form of $20… Continue reading William Winchester dies, leading to Sarah Winchester’s creation of the Winchester Mystery House

Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

May 19, 1911 Greenwich, Connecticut Fred Husted, a wealthy farmer, informed his wife he felt too unwell to accompany her to run an errand. With Mrs. Husted out of the home, Fred convinced his 12-year-old son Lester to pull the trigger of a shotgun under the pretense he wanted to hear the firing mechanism to… Continue reading Man uses pre-teen son to facilitate suicide

Connecticut · Religion · unsolved

Unsolved: infant killed during a possible ritual

March 14, 1986 Lake Mohegan, Fairfield, Connecticut The body of a newborn is found, possibly following a ritualistic killing The baby, a boy later named Baby Victor, was found strangled and mutilated, surrounded by fruits and coins. Victor’s jaw had also been broken, which hung open as his body was found in what was described… Continue reading Unsolved: infant killed during a possible ritual

Connecticut · Workplace Violence

Man kills 4, self due to work dispute regarding unfair lottery practices

March 6, 1998 Newington, Connecticut Matthew Beck kills four of his bosses and himself following months of complaints that the state lottery system was unfair to its players as well as an unresolved work dispute Beck had worked at the lottery for more than eight years before the murders and had approached newspapers for months,… Continue reading Man kills 4, self due to work dispute regarding unfair lottery practices

Connecticut

One of the last living Radium Girls dies

March 1, 2014 Middlebury, Connecticut Mae Keane, one of the last living Radium Girls, dies at the age of 107 The Radium Girls, as they were later called, were a collection of women who worked at clock and watch factories, painting radioactive radium on the watch and clock hands and numbers to allow them to… Continue reading One of the last living Radium Girls dies