August 16, 1912 Richmond, Virginia Virginia Christian (17) is executed in the electric chair for the murder of her employer Christian's employer, Ida Virginia Belote, had a habit of mistreating her teenaged maid, often hitting Christian. On March 18, 1912, an argument between the two broke out as Belote accused Christian of stealing a skirt… Continue reading Teen executed for murder of her employer
August 13, 1915 Maidstone, Kent, England Serial bigamist and murderer George Joseph Smith is hanged Smith had found a career in marrying women bigamously, clearing out their savings, then skipping town only to assume a new name and begin the process anew. Somewhere along the line, Smith realized he could make even more money from… Continue reading “Brides in the Bath” killer executed
August 9, 1913 Saint-Ouen, Paris, France This vintage crime scene photograph offers little information about the victim or the crime aside from the date.
August 1, 1917 Butte, Montana Unionist Frank Little is lynched Little was abducted by six masked men around 3 in the morning. While still only clad in his underwear, the men shoved him into a car and sped off. After a short drive, they tied him to the car’s bumper and dragged him over granite… Continue reading Man lynched, anti-union threats left with body
July 27, 1919 Chicago, Illinois The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins, leaving 38 dead and over 500 injured and 1000 homeless by the time the riot ends on August 3 The riots were sparked when a black teen drowned after being stoned by white youths for violating an unofficial segregation at a Lake Michigan… Continue reading The beginning of the Chicago Race Riot (1919)