England · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: attacking octopus

October 17, 1896 The Illustrated Police News publishes a story about a group of bathing ladies being attacked by an octopus The story accompanying the illustration relates an account of bathers in America being grabbed by an octopus, an animal which the artist of the illustration had apparently never seen. The startled women screamed, alarming… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: attacking octopus

Graves · Texas

Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

October 4, 1867 Texas A sick man wanders onto the lawn of J. S. Donaldson and dies before being able to reveal his name Without a name, the man’s family could not be notified to lay his body to rest. It’s likely the community or Donaldson paid to have the stranger buried and to erect… Continue reading Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

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)

Disasters · Executions · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman

The Illustrated Police News Published August 27, 1887 The stories in this issue include: * The execution of Israel Lipski, hanged for the murder of a 6-months-pregnant woman named Miriam Angel who was killed by forcing her to drink aqua fortis (nitric acid). Lipski was found under the bed where Angel’s body rested, with acid… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman

Argentina · Executions · Political · Religion

Pregnant woman and the father of her child executed by firing squad to “satisfy religion”

August 18, 1848 San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina 8-months-pregnant Maria Camila O'Gorman Ximénez (20) and her lover Father Ladislao Gutiérrez (24) are executed by a firing squad Father Gutiérrez was a Jesuit priest and his church was the only one within Argentina's Catholic Church to condemn the police state the country was under at the… Continue reading Pregnant woman and the father of her child executed by firing squad to “satisfy religion”