Disasters · Washington

The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

November 7, 1940 Tacoma Narrows straight, Washington The Tacoma Narrows Bride collapses due to structural failure following high gusts of winds The bridge, nicknamed Galloping Gertie due to its intense movement during windy conditions even before its collapse, was a suspension bridge nearly 6,000 feet (more than 1800 meters) in length making it the third… Continue reading The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Serial Killers · Washington

Two women killed with axe by serial killer

October 30, 1947 Tacoma, Washington Serial killer Jake Bird kills Bertha Kludt and her 17-year-old daughter Beverly June with an axe Bird was apprehended on the night of October 30, shoeless and covered in blood, when officers Evan “Skip” Davies and Andres “Tiny” Sabutis responded to a call about a woman screaming. When Bird spotted… Continue reading Two women killed with axe by serial killer

Newspaper clippings · Washington

Mysterious clear jelly blobs rain from sky, kill kitten

August 7, 1994 Oakville, Washington Gelatinous blobs containing human white blood cells falls from the sky The translucent, gelatinous pieces reportedly rained on and near the home of Sunny Barclift twice in as many weeks. Barclift, her mother Dotty Hearn, and a new kitten were all struck with illnesses after coming in contact with the… Continue reading Mysterious clear jelly blobs rain from sky, kill kitten

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Washington

Man executed for the murders of woman, her daughter, and their neighbor for testifying against him for raping the woman several years before

May 27, 1994 Walla Walla, Washington Charles Rodman Campbell is executed for the murders of a mother, her 9-year-old daughter, and a neighbor in retaliation for testifying against him In 1982, Campbell visited the home of Renae Wicklund, killing her, her young daughter Shannah, and her neighbor Barbara Hendrickson. All 3 had their throats slit… Continue reading Man executed for the murders of woman, her daughter, and their neighbor for testifying against him for raping the woman several years before