Crime Scene Photography · Pennsylvania

Vintage police photography: breaking in to a drug trafficking ring

April 22, 1955 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Detective Thomas Murray uses a sledgehammer to break down a door The event was part of a city-wide dope bust, attempting to end drug trafficking in the city. According to the caption accompanying the photo, it was the “biggest mass raid in Philadelphia”. Source: New York Journal American Photographic Morgue

International/Multi-national

An artist rendering of the Abominable Snowman carrying a yak above its head

April 20, 1958 An artist rendition of the Abominable Snowman is published The caption with the piece reads: “Against an actual backdrop of the Abominable Snowman's wild Himalayan habitat, artist depicts the legendary ape-man as seen by Sherpas.” Source: New York Journal American Photographic Morgue

Massachusetts · Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings

Man kills 8 members of his family, self

April 15, 1953 Lawrence, Massachusetts Peter Joseph Akulonis kills several members of his family then himself Akulonis had recently quit his job as a boilermaker, alleging “people were talking about him.” For reasons not entirely clear, Akulonis then set about murdering his family: * Mary Akulonis (his mother, 72) * Madeline Akulonis (his wife, 30)… Continue reading Man kills 8 members of his family, self

Alabama · Racially Motivated · Serial Killers

Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin born

April 13, 1950 Mobile, Alabama Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is born Franklin murdered between 8 and 20 people from 1977 to 1980, as well as shooting and seriously wounding more. One of his surviving victims was Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt who was left paralyzed from the waist down. Franklin believed his murders were… Continue reading Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin born