Minnesota · Newspaper clippings

Pop bottle suicide note found, later determined to be hoax

From The Chicago Daily Tribune July 25, 1896 A story appears concerning an apparent suicide note held within a glass bottle signed by a Harry Svensgaard. The following day, The Saint Paul Globe published a follow-up story, revealing the supposed suicide note was a hoax, either meant to be a joke or a malicious rumor.

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Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

April 11, 1965 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Three-year-old Dennis Jurgens is murdered by his adoptive mother Adopted just after his first birthday, Dennis suffered years of abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. Lois had had a history of mental illnesses — including depression and psychosis — and was originally deemed unfit… Continue reading Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

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Teen kills parents, 2 siblings with axe

February 18, 1988 Rochester, Minnesota 16-year-old David Brom murders his parents, his 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother with an axe The attack was allegedly premeditated according to Brom’s friends whom he had told of his plans before the murders. The Brom family were devout Catholics and the father of the household disagreed with a music… Continue reading Teen kills parents, 2 siblings with axe

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False, but humorous, rumor about “a lumber camp orgy” which allegedly killed 14 is spread

December 25, 1912 Bemidji, Minnesota A rumor of 14 drunken lumberjacks battling with broadaxes during Christmas Day is spread Though the story is humorous and eye-catching, appearing on the front page of The Coffeyville Daily Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas Dec. 26, 1912) it was quickly revealed to be an exaggeration and was condemned as such in… Continue reading False, but humorous, rumor about “a lumber camp orgy” which allegedly killed 14 is spread