New York

Woman killed by daughter’s boyfriend

March 4, 1954 Manhattan, New York Anna Gresh (alternate spelling Gresch) is killed by her daughter’s boyfriend William Snyder (17, pictured) and Theresa Gresh (15, pictured) began a relationship in 1954 which quickly turned sexual. Theresa’s mother, Anna, found the couple in bed together one day and demanded Snyder stay away from Theresa, threatening to… Continue reading Woman killed by daughter’s boyfriend

Pennsylvania · unsolved

Unsolved: the body of The Boy In The Box is found

February 25, 1957 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The nude body of an unidentified boy is found wrapped in a blanket and discarded in a cardboard box The boy was approximated to be between 4 to 6 years old, had blond hair (that had been cut unprofessionally) and blue eyes, and did not fit the description of any… Continue reading Unsolved: the body of The Boy In The Box is found

Russia

“Founder of transplantology” successfully joins two dogs in controversial transplant experiment

February 24, 1954 Moscow, Russia Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov successfully joins two dogs in a controversial transplant experiment Demikhov had previous experimented with dogs, trying to perfect organ transplant with hearts and lungs; his hope was to eventually perform successful organ transplants on humans. After completing several organ transplants, Demikhov began experimenting with creating two-headed dogs.… Continue reading “Founder of transplantology” successfully joins two dogs in controversial transplant experiment

Canada · Executions

Man hanged, possibly wrongfully, for the murder of a teenage tourist

February 10, 1956 Montreal, Quebec Wilbert Coffin (pictured) is hanged for the murder of an American tourist Eugene Lindsay, his 17-year-old son Richard, and 20-year-old family friend Frederick Claar traveled from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania to the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec to hunt bears. They departed on June 5, 1953 and were last seen on June 10,… Continue reading Man hanged, possibly wrongfully, for the murder of a teenage tourist

England · Newspaper clippings

Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder

January 2, 1953 London, England John James Alcott (22) is hanged for murder Alcott had nearly been executed a few years before his hanging. In 1949, at the age of 17, Alcott was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He claimed he was traveling with another man when the pair came across a lodging… Continue reading Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder