Disasters · New York · Newspaper clippings

Two airplanes collide mid-air

December 16, 1960 New York, New York Two airplanes collide mid-air, killing 136 One of the planes, whose destination was Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International), was in a holding pattern waiting for permission to land. The second plane, flying into LaGuardia Airport, miscalculated the other plane’s path and ran into the first. The… Continue reading Two airplanes collide mid-air

Crime Scene Photography · New York

Two fall to death in elevator shaft during burglary

November 24, 1915 New York, New York Jacob Jagendorf (left) and Robert Green (right) die from falling down an elevator shaft during a botched burglary Green, a 31-year-old night watchman, and Jagendorf, a 30-year-old engineer had collaborated to steal silk from a shirt company in a building Green guarded. They propped open an elevator door… Continue reading Two fall to death in elevator shaft during burglary

New York

Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

November 15, 2004 Delmar, New York Peter and Joan Porco are found after being bludgeoned with an axe as they sleep Peter Porco was discovered dead from massive blunt head trauma at his front door. Blood evidence left at the scene showed that, despite having 16 major wounds to his face and head including a… Continue reading Man and woman beaten with axe, man continues morning routine before dying

New York · Serial Killers

The death of Arthur Shawcross, The Genesee River Killer

November 10, 2008 Albany, New York Serial killer Arthur Shawcross, The Genesee River Killer, dies in prison In 1972, Shawcross had accepted a plea deal for the sexual assault, murder, and mutilation of 8-year-old Karen Ann Hill, pleading guilty to her murder in exchange for a lesser manslaughter charge. He also confessed the similar assault… Continue reading The death of Arthur Shawcross, The Genesee River Killer

New York

The departure of the ill-fated Mary Celeste

November 7, 1872 New York, New York The Mary Celeste departs; the eleven people onboard are never seen again The Mary Celeste was found adrift less than a month after her departure on December 5, between the Azores and the coast of Portugal. A ship spotting her saw no sign of a captain or crew… Continue reading The departure of the ill-fated Mary Celeste