Pennsylvania

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)

Pennsylvania

Man killed with bomb locked to his chest during elaborate robbery

August 28, 2003 Erie, Pennsylvania Brian Wells is killed by a bomb strapped to his chest and locked around his neck during an elaborate robbery Wells, a pizza delivery driver, arrived at a bank while wearing the bomb and carrying a modified shotgun which resembled a cane. He slid the teller a note, stating the… Continue reading Man killed with bomb locked to his chest during elaborate robbery

Disasters · Florida · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Vermont

Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

August 27, 1934 The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) runs several stories of misfortune The stories (clippings below) are: Two girls under the age of three died in a barn fire after their older brother (4) ignited hay while playing with matches. A boy (6) watching a steam shovel excavate was killed when the scoop accidentally… Continue reading Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches