April 23, 1907 Colorado Famed cannibal Alfred Packer dies at the age of 64 of "senility - trouble & worry" Alfred Packer (also known as “Alferd” after seeing a dyslexic tattoo artist misspell the name which Packer found humorous) and 5 fellow gold prospectors became snowed-in while prospecting in the Rockies. Packer claimed he tried… Continue reading Cannibal dies of “senility – trouble and worry”
Famous last words Frank Rose Utah April 22, 1904 "So long, fellows." Frank Rose was executed by firing squad for the shooting death of his wife he claimed to be unfaithful, and the near death of his son. As The Salt Lake City Tribune (Apr 23 1904) reported, “While his two-year-old babe lay in the… Continue reading FLW: So long
April 10, 1901 Massachusetts Dr. Duncan MacDougall begins several experiments on humans and animals to measure a soul’s weight MacDougall’s experiments on humans involved waiting patiently for nursing home patients to pass away naturally. As their time neared, the patients’ beds were placed on industrial scales and their weights carefully recorded before death and directly… Continue reading Doctor attempts to weigh a soul
April 8, 1906 Frankfurt, Germany Auguste Deter dies at 55 from sepsis resulting from bedsores Deter is best remembered as the first diagnosed Alzheimer's patient. One of her conversations with Dr. Alois Alzheimer which was recorded went: "What is your name?" "Auguste." "Family name?" "Auguste." "What is your husband's name?" she hesitates, finally answers: "I… Continue reading The death of the first diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient
April 7, 1906 Italy Mount Vesuvius erupts, killing more than 100 people Though the volcano is most notorious for its impact on Pompeii, this eruption produced the most amount of lava in the volcano’s history. Because of the eruption, the Italian government was forced to allow the 1908 Summer Olympics to be relocated to London.