Ohio · Serial Killers

The final Cleveland Torso Killer victims found

August 16, 1938 Cleveland, Ohio The bodies of the final 2 victims of the Cleveland Torso Killer are found During a three-year span, the Torso Killer killed, decapitated, sometimes castrated, and occasionally dismembered at least 12 victims. However, as the bodies of the victims were found months or years after their deaths, it's probable there… Continue reading The final Cleveland Torso Killer victims found

Executions · Kentucky

The last public execution in the United States

August 14, 1936 Owensboro, Kentucky Rainey Bethea becomes the last person publicly executed in the United States Bethea was convicted of the rape and murder of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards, who was choked during the violent sexual assault. He left behind damning evidence including a distinctive ring as well as fingerprints, linking him solidly to the… Continue reading The last public execution in the United States

Crime Scene Photography · Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Sheriff kills two gangsters after they kill rival

August 12, 1933 Kansas City, Missouri Gangsters Sam Scola and Gus Fasone are shot and killed after a sheriff happened upon the two shooting bootlegger and rival mobster Ferris Anthon The group was involved with a gangland dispute when Sheriff Thomas Bash noticed the confrontation and remarked to his companions “it looks like we’re running… Continue reading Sheriff kills two gangsters after they kill rival

New York · Newspaper clippings

Girl gouges eyes from face, calmly states they “fell out”

From The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) Published August 12, 1931 An unnamed teenage girl with a history of self-mutilation (she had previously pulled out three of her own teeth) tore both of her eyes from their sockets. I attempted to find out more information about her name or other incidents but without luck.

Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered

August 6, 1936 Manhattan, New York Gangster, gambler, and bookie Dominick Didato (alias Terry Burns) is shot outside a restaurant The investigators believed gangland vengeance was to blame for Didato's murder; Didato was one of 4 killings in 3 weeks to have some connection to the criminal underworld. According to the Daily News (Aug. 7,… Continue reading Vintage crime scene photography: gangster Dominick Didato murdered