Colorado · Newspaper clippings

Woman confesses to killing, dismembering son after he did the same to his own son

December 19, 1917 Montrose, Colorado Nancy Jane Bush confesses to killing her son after he killed his own child Nancy claimed her son, John, had become enraged after his 11- or 12-year-old son Otis was caught stealing $1.35 from his grandmother’s purse. She stated John “beat [Otis] until he fell in a dying condition.” To… Continue reading Woman confesses to killing, dismembering son after he did the same to his own son

England

Woman killed, sewn into sack, tossed in canal by employee who had been reprimanded for being late

December 10, 1913 Liverpool, England George Ball (alias Sumner) bludgeons his employer, sews her body into a sack, and throws the corpse into the canal After being berated for arriving to work late, Ball (22) struck his employer, 40-year-old Christina Bradfield with a blunt instrument, killing her. He then sewed her body in a bag… Continue reading Woman killed, sewn into sack, tossed in canal by employee who had been reprimanded for being late

Crime Scene Photography · New York

Two fall to death in elevator shaft during burglary

November 24, 1915 New York, New York Jacob Jagendorf (left) and Robert Green (right) die from falling down an elevator shaft during a botched burglary Green, a 31-year-old night watchman, and Jagendorf, a 30-year-old engineer had collaborated to steal silk from a shirt company in a building Green guarded. They propped open an elevator door… Continue reading Two fall to death in elevator shaft during burglary

New Mexico · Newspaper clippings

Man shoots another in back of skull and assumes his identity

October 23, 1916 New Mexico Elbert Blancett shoots Clyde D. Amour in the back of his skull Blancett shot Amour in the back of the head with a shotgun before stealing the dead man’s possession and assuming his identity briefly, going so far as to telegraph Amour’s mother to request money. Blancett was arrested in… Continue reading Man shoots another in back of skull and assumes his identity

Racially Motivated · South Carolina

Man lynched after argument over price of seeds

October 21, 1916 Abbeville, South Carolina Anthony Crawford is lynched following an argument with a shopkeeper over the price of seeds Crawford had visited the shop of W. D. Barksdale to sell some cotton seeds, the price of which was typically 90 cents per bushel, though Barksdale offered Crawford 85 cents a bushel instead. Crawford… Continue reading Man lynched after argument over price of seeds