June 16, 1959 Los Angeles, California Actor George Reeves is killed, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Reeves had appeared in many movies during his career, but is best remembered for the titular role in the television serial The Adventures of Superman. He reluctantly took the role, as television at the time was considered greatly… Continue reading The death of Superman
Famous Last Words John Santo San Quentin, California June 3, 1955 “Don't you fellows do anything I wouldn't do.” Santo was one of the three men who accompanied Barbara Graham during a robbery-gone-wrong resulting in the murder of an elderly woman. Three of those involved were executed for their part in the murder while the… Continue reading FLW: don’t do anything my I wouldn’t do
June 3, 1955 San Quentin, California Barbara "Bloody Babs" Graham is executed in the gas chamber for the murder of an elderly woman Graham, just shy of her 32nd birthday when executed, had fallen into a life of prostitution, gambling, and drugs. She met and married Henry Graham, a career criminal and drug addict, and… Continue reading The execution of “Bloody Babs”
From the Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL) Published June 2, 1959 Residents of Kagoshima, Japan were awakened over the course of a week due to a “creepy feeling” caused by an invasion of thousands of slugs.
May 23, 1955 Kalamazoo, Michigan Jeannie Singleton (8) goes missing while walking home from school; her body is found 9 days later Jeannie, who walked with a pronounced limp due to a battle with rheumatic fever, was described as a friendly girl who had to be reminded by her parents not to talk to strangers.… Continue reading The murder of Jeannie Singleton