Man executed for killing acquaintance over a torn shirt

January 14, 1910Richmond, VirginiaThurman Spinner is executed for the axe murder of an acquaintance after the victim tore his shirt Spinner (as he’s recorded in the Library of Virginia records) or Skinner (as most newspapers referred to him) had been ‘possum hunting with Charles W. Noell (21) and several others near Colfax, Virginia on October…

The origins of the ghost which supposedly haunts Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall

October 30, 1918Kankakee, IllinoisMary Hawkins dies in an asylum; she is later said to haunt Easter Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall One stormy night in January 1916, while the rest of the students and faculty were at home for the holidays, Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall had three lonely occupants. One — a young woman named…

Man executed for assault and murder of girl

October 17, 1919Chicago, IllinoisThomas Fitzgerald (39) is executed for the murder and sexual abuse of 6-year-old Janet Wilkinson WARNING: this article contains details which may be considered graphic. Discretion is advised. Wilkinson went missing from her Chicago home on July 22, 1919. Suspicions almost immediately fell upon Fitzgerald who lived in the same apartment building…