Newborn’s body found abandoned in ditch

February 28, 1981 Sioux Falls, South Dakota The body of a newborn boy is found in a ditch The baby had been, found wrapped in a sheet and blanket, approximately 24 hours after his death which occurred roughly two hours after his birth. Medical examiners determined the baby, later named Baby Andrew John Doe, had…

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…

“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,…

Wounded Knee massacre

December 29, 1890 Wounded Knee, South Dakota U.S. forces fire upon a group of disarmed Lakota natives, killing approximately 300 including women and children The U.S. Army had recently met with the Lakota and had escorted them around 5 miles to Wounded Knee where they made camp. On December 29, the Army attempted to disarm…