South Dakota

Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

December 31, 1936 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Two members of a robbery gang are attacked and left in a powder house before it explodes The victims were Floyd H. Parker (alias Harold Baker) and his girlfriend Helen Sieler. It was originally speculated the pair were attacked to silence them about a recent robbery, though it… Continue reading Explosion after argument between gangsters ends in death of one, large crater

Graves · South Dakota

The murder of Wild Bill Hickok

August 2, 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present day South Dakota) Gunfighter, showman, marshal, and soldier of the American Old West, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok is killed while playing cards Hickok had apparently insulted Jack McCall the day before his death; McCall had hit a losing streak while playing cards and Hickok suggested McCall quit… Continue reading The murder of Wild Bill Hickok

Serial Killers · South Dakota

“Shoe Fetish Slayer” born

January 31, 1939 Webster, South Dakota Jerome Brudos ("The Lust Killer", "The Shoe Fetish Slayer") is born Brudos was a serial killer and necrophiliac who had a foot fetish; in his prison cell, boxes of women's shoes catalogues were found which he claimed to be used instead of pornography. Brudos confessed to killing 4 women,… Continue reading “Shoe Fetish Slayer” born