Pennsylvania · unsolved

Unsolved: the body of The Boy In The Box is found

February 25, 1957 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The nude body of an unidentified boy is found wrapped in a blanket and discarded in a cardboard box The boy was approximated to be between 4 to 6 years old, had blond hair (that had been cut unprofessionally) and blue eyes, and did not fit the description of any… Continue reading Unsolved: the body of The Boy In The Box is found

Famous Last Words · Pennsylvania

Woman kills neighbor with axe

March 23, 2003 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 23-year-old Shonda Walter kills her 83-year-old neighbor James Sementelli by hitting him over 60 times with a hatchet Walter had amassed a sizable debt from student loans and court processing fees, and was reportedly afraid she would be sent to jail if she did not pay the court costs.… Continue reading Woman kills neighbor with axe

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Severed, embalmed head of woman, with rubber balls in place of eyes, found by teen

December 12, 2014 Economy, Pennsylvania The severed, embalmed head of an unidentified woman is found by a teenager The victim is approximated to have been around 50 years old at the time of her death; a toxicology report determined she had been taking heart medication for some time leading to her death, suggesting she died… Continue reading Severed, embalmed head of woman, with rubber balls in place of eyes, found by teen

Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Man wounds 4, kills 8 and self after argument over an unpaid gambling winning

November 6, 1948 Chester, Pennsylvania Melvin “Bad Boy” Collins (38) goes on a shooting spree, killing 8 and wounding 4 before killing himself The motive behind the attack has been contributed to an argument over numbers, an illegal lottery in which gamblers would place bets on which numbers would be featured in various daily activities… Continue reading Man wounds 4, kills 8 and self after argument over an unpaid gambling winning

Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · School Violence

Teacher shot in back of neck in front of her school (1850)

September 28, 1850 West Chester, Pennsylvania Rachel Sharpless is killed by a gunshot as she attempts to enter her schoolhouse Sharpless (named Phebe or Phoebe in early reports, though her cemetery documentation states her name as Rachel) had been unlocking the Rocky Hill school when the back of her neck was hit with a bullet.… Continue reading Teacher shot in back of neck in front of her school (1850)