Executions · Newspaper clippings · Scotland

Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

From The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, Western Countries and South Wales Adviser (Bristol, England) Published June 18, 1853 In Glasgow, two men got drunk, were invited by some women back to a “low den” (a place of low moral values, including brothels, gambling houses, or seedy bars), where they were given more alcohol until… Continue reading Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

Executions · France · Newspaper clippings

Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail

June 18, 1898 Paris, France Xavier-Ange Carrara is executed by guillotine for the robbing, murdering, and burning the body of Augustin Lamarre, a collection clerk Carrara's execution was a gruesome affair, as executions by guillotine were known to be. A newspaper article described the events in vivid detail: What followed beggars description. The executioner and… Continue reading Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail

Illinois

Woman forced into mental facility against her will after openly disagreeing with husband’s views

June 18, 1860 Jacksonville, Illinois Elizabeth Packard is committed to the Jacksonville Insane Asylum against her will When the first mental hospital opened in Illinois in 1851, a law was passed which prohibited any patient from being committed against their will without a public hearing to determine their mental health. One provision, however, allowed a… Continue reading Woman forced into mental facility against her will after openly disagreeing with husband’s views

Disasters · England

Children eager for toys stampede at theater, causing 183 deaths

June 16, 1883 Sunderland, England Children push passed and over each other to get free toys, killing 183 children between 3 and 14 The children had attended a variety show advertising itself as “the greatest treat for children ever given” and featuring “conjuring, talking waxworks, living marionettes, the great ghost illusion, &c.” for the price… Continue reading Children eager for toys stampede at theater, causing 183 deaths

England

Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town

June 15, 1851 Norwich, Norfolk, England William Sheward stabs his wife to death with a pair of scissors following an argument before dismembering her and casually scattering pieces of her body around town The Shewards quarreled about money, and in a fit of rage William stabbed Martha to death with a pair of scissors and… Continue reading Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town