Crime Scene Photography · New York

Vintage crime scene: the Death card

April 15, 1931 Coney Island, New York City, New York Mob boss Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria is gunned down in a restaurant The details behind Masseria's death are fuzzy with two different versions of the event’s specifics. Gangland legend claims 4 shooters took out Masseria while his body guards were mysteriously absent. However, newspapers… Continue reading Vintage crime scene: the Death card

Germany

“Hitler’s Jewish Psychic” found dead

April 7, 1933 Berlin, Germany Clairvoyant, occultist, hypnotist, and illusionist Erik Jan Hanussen, sometimes referred to as "Hitler's Jewish Psychic," is found dead Hanussen rose to fame as a clairvoyant after predicting the Reichstag fire in February of 1933, an arson attack in the Reichstag building housing German parliament. However, this prediction was possibly less… Continue reading “Hitler’s Jewish Psychic” found dead

California · Female Killers

First woman given the death penalty in California murders her abusive husband

March 24, 1934 Burbank, California Nellie May Madison shoots and kills her husband in their home Nellie had been a longtime victim of domestic abuse at the hand of her husband, Eric, before she confronted him with a gun as he lay in bed. He responded to the threat by throwing two of several butcher… Continue reading First woman given the death penalty in California murders her abusive husband