California · unsolved

Man killed in home during a supposed ritualistic killing

March 19, 1926 Oakland, California Macario Timon is killed in his home Timon was a goat farmer who largely kept to himself, though neighbors began to think he was selling bootleg gin he made in his basement, based on the frequent visits he would receive. (At the time, the United States was in the middle… Continue reading Man killed in home during a supposed ritualistic killing

Illinois

Teen dies in a faked suicide orchestrated by mother

March 13, 1922 Chicago, Illinois Margaret Shader (16, pictured) is fatally shot According to Margaret’s family, the teen had become despondent when her mother refused to allow her to marry her boyfriend, Frank Lee (16), on the basis of his race. The location of the pistol used to take Margaret’s life was near the body… Continue reading Teen dies in a faked suicide orchestrated by mother

Executions · Iowa

Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

March 9, 1923 Fort Madison, Iowa Earl Throst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of Inga Magnusson Magnusson (sometimes spelled Magnussen) was a 21-year-old teacher of a one-room schoolhouse in Allamakee County, Iowa, though she lived with her parents in Houston County, Minnesota, roughly 40 miles (64 km) north of the school. When she… Continue reading Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

California · Serial Killers

The first victim of “The Gorilla Killer” is murdered

February 20, 1926 San Francisco, California Clara Newman is killed, becoming the first known victim of serial killer Earle Nelson (pictured) Before Nelson was identified, the press dubbed him the “Gorilla Killer,” as he was described, as the Northern Territory Times reported, as “a degenerate with huge hairy hands.” (As you can see in the… Continue reading The first victim of “The Gorilla Killer” is murdered

England · Newspaper clippings

Man’s body found weeks after his murder, hidden at his place of employment

January 10, 1929 Southampton, England The body of Vivian Messiter (pictured) is found 10 weeks after his murder Messiter had been the manager of the Wolfe Oil Company when he suddenly disappeared on October 30, 1928. When it became clear he would not be returning to work, the company hired a new manager. The new… Continue reading Man’s body found weeks after his murder, hidden at his place of employment