California · Crime Scene Photography · Newspaper clippings

Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty

November 30, 1942 Los Angeles, California Francis O'Toole jumps from a window to his death after pleading guilty to the murder of his common-law wife O'Toole has shot his common-law wife, Lillian White, to death after an argument on September 27. The fatal fight, as well as many before it, broke out because, in O'Toole's… Continue reading Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty

Disasters · Massachusetts

Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire

November 28, 1942 Boston, Massachusetts A fire overtakes the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing 492 The club was packed beyond capacity, which was authorized to house 460 people at most. At some point during the night, a young man unscrewed a lightbulb in a corner of the nightclub to kiss his date with some privacy. A… Continue reading Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire

Executions · Famous Last Words · Illinois

FLW: the state gains nothing while the executed gains eternal life

Famous Last Words Ernest Wishon Illinois November 26, 1943 (In a note left to the Warden:) "By my death, the state will gain nothing, while I will gain eternal life." Wishon, an alcoholic and former drug addict, killed an elderly jewelry store owner during a robbery. At his trial, the jury found him guilty but… Continue reading FLW: the state gains nothing while the executed gains eternal life