Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

May 18, 1801 Dedham, Massachusetts Jason Fairbanks murders Elizabeth Fales after trying to force her into marriage Fairbanks (21) and Fales (18) had a friendly relationship, though whether this relationship extended into romance is not certain. What is known is Fairbanks was enamored with Fales, so much so he informed his friends he intended to… Continue reading Man murders woman after attempting to force her to marry him

Massachusetts · Racially Motivated

Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

October 2, 1973 Boston, Massachusetts Evelyn Wagler is forced by six teens to drench herself in gasoline and is lit on fire Wagler’s car had stalled on the evening of October 2. She grabbed a gas can and walked approximately 15 minutes to a gas station. On her return trip, she was attacked by a… Continue reading Woman forced by 6 teens to douse self with gasoline and is set on fire

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Man accused of robbing or killing women he met on Craigslist kills self in prison

August 15, 2010 Boston, Massachusetts Philip Hayes Markoff, known as the “Craigslist Killer,” kills himself in prison Markoff had been arrested for the armed robberies of two women and the murder of a third, all of whom he came in contact with through Craigslist. The women offered services of a personal nature: one offered escort… Continue reading Man accused of robbing or killing women he met on Craigslist kills self in prison

Crime Scene Photography · Female Killers · Massachusetts

Lizzie Borden’s father and step mother found bludgeoned to death

August 4, 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts The bodies of Abby and Andrew Borden are found Abby was making a bed in a guest room when her killer attacked. According to evidence, she had been facing her attacker just prior to being struck by a hatchet. The first strike hit the right side of the head… Continue reading Lizzie Borden’s father and step mother found bludgeoned to death

Crime Scene Photography · Disasters · Massachusetts

Fog causes plane to strike seawall, killing 89

July 31, 1973 Boston, Massachusetts Delta Airlines Flight 723 crashes, killing all 89 occupants Weather conditions including fog, as well as a controller busy handling a potential collision between 2 other aircrafts, were the main causes for the fatal crash. While attempting to land, Flight 723 struck a seawall which demolished the craft. Two of… Continue reading Fog causes plane to strike seawall, killing 89