Scotland

Teenager beaten, strangled during robbery

February 19, 1909 Fife, Scotland 15-year-old Michael Swinton Brown is killed during a robbery Brown was tasked every Friday with collecting the weekly factory wages for his employer, a task which he performed almost mechanically. Every week he took the same route at the same time, a habit Alexander Edmonstone (23) noticed and decided to… Continue reading Teenager beaten, strangled during robbery

Disasters · Graves · New York

Boy killed on birthday to avoid a kiss

February 15, 1909 New York, New York George Spencer Millet dies at the age of 15 while avoiding being kissed at his work George had been well liked amongst his female counterparts for his "gentlemanly ways.” When it was discovered it was his 15th birthday, the girls decided to each kiss him 15 times. During… Continue reading Boy killed on birthday to avoid a kiss

Newspaper clippings · West Virginia · Wisconsin

Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

From the Fairmont West Virginian Published February 8, 1906 A man committed suicide by pulling pieces of his brain out of a bullet hole he sustained during a robbery last summer. Before he could damage his brain enough to kill himself, he died from blood poisoning. He had previously tried suicide by poking at his… Continue reading Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

Indiana · Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Clippings: a “gypsy curse” and a teen’s attempted suicide over broken elopement (1902)

From the Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa) Published February 3, 1902 An 11-year-old girl's slight against a fortune teller results in a "curse" being placed upon the girl, stating she will be murdered in 10 days. After 3 days, the girl could no longer take the anticipation and kills herself by drinking acid, probably carbolic acid… Continue reading Clippings: a “gypsy curse” and a teen’s attempted suicide over broken elopement (1902)