9-year-old abducted, stabbed, thrown into pond to drown

November 4, 1987Providence, Rhode IslandFrankie Lee Barnes (9) is abducted and murdered Barnes went missing on November 4, after calling his mother at work to ask if he could play outside. She agreed under the condition he be home by dinner. He was reported missing later that evening. Another young boy, Jason Wolf (6), went…

Three women are exhumed under suspicion of being vampires

March 17, 1892 Exeter, Rhode Island The bodies of Mary Eliza, Mary Olive, and Mercy Brown are exhumed under the belief one or multiple of the deceased were vampires At the time of the exhumation, local superstition held consumption (tuberculosis) was not a medical disease but rather a symptom of a vampire. The Brown family’s…

Young child murdered, cannibalized by teen

May 18, 1975 Rhode Island Michael Woodmansee murders and cannibalizes 5-year-old Jason Foreman Jason went missing while returning home after playing with friends. The investigation into his disappearance produced no leads until 8 years later when Woodsmansee was questioned after a failed murder attempt of a 14-year-old. During questioning, officers suspected he may know about…

H.P. Lovecraft’s death

March 15, 1937 Providence, Rhode Island Legendary horror/science fiction/dark fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft dies at 46 from malnutrition and cancer of the small intestine A headstone was commissioned by fans in 1977, and those dedicated will make annual pilgrimages to his headstone for the anniversaries of Lovecraft's birth and death.