Massachusetts

Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

April 19, 1775 Arlington, Massachusetts 78-year-old Samuel Whittemore, considered to be the oldest colonial combatant, kills 3 British soldiers, receives several grave wounds, and lives nearly 2 more decades before dying of natural causes Whittemore spotted a British relief brigade sent to assist retreating British troops during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He ambushed… Continue reading Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

Female Killers · Illinois · Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

News clippings: woman smothers newborn twins; woman kills neighbor’s toddler and leaves the body on train tracks to be bisected

From The Chicago Tribune Published April 18, 1880 A 30-year-old "woman of ill-repute" was suspected of smothering her newborn twin children. She then threw one body in a river. The other was thrown in a hole on the river bank and covered with leaves. A young child was killed with blunt force trauma to her… Continue reading News clippings: woman smothers newborn twins; woman kills neighbor’s toddler and leaves the body on train tracks to be bisected

Massachusetts · Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings

Man kills 8 members of his family, self

April 15, 1953 Lawrence, Massachusetts Peter Joseph Akulonis kills several members of his family then himself Akulonis had recently quit his job as a boilermaker, alleging “people were talking about him.” For reasons not entirely clear, Akulonis then set about murdering his family: * Mary Akulonis (his mother, 72) * Madeline Akulonis (his wife, 30)… Continue reading Man kills 8 members of his family, self

Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Doctor attempts to weigh a soul

April 10, 1901 Massachusetts Dr. Duncan MacDougall begins several experiments on humans and animals to measure a soul’s weight MacDougall’s experiments on humans involved waiting patiently for nursing home patients to pass away naturally. As their time neared, the patients’ beds were placed on industrial scales and their weights carefully recorded before death and directly… Continue reading Doctor attempts to weigh a soul