Minnesota · Newspaper clippings · School Violence

Teen shoots student, educator after years of teasing

October 5, 1966 Grand Rapids, Minnesota 15-year-old David Black shoots a fellow student and an educator at his high school Black had been teased for sometime. According to 14-year-old survivor Kevin Roth, Black was short for his age, heavy-set, and “could have shaved twice a day.” He was also prone to telling exaggerated stories, including… Continue reading Teen shoots student, educator after years of teasing

Disasters · New York

Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

October 3, 1962 New York, New York A boiler in the New York Telephone Co. building explodes, killing 21 and injuring 95 While employees of the New York Telephone Co. ate lunch on October 3, the building’s boiler reached critical temperatures and exploded, killing 21 and wounding nearly 100. It was later found inspectors had… Continue reading Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

Brazil · Crime Scene Photography

Two men found dead wearing eye masks made of lead

August 17, 1966 Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Electrical technicians Miguel José Viana and Manoel Pereira da Cruz die under mysterious circumstances Viana and Cruz were last seen on August 17 by a bar waitress who later stated Viana appeared nervous and often glanced at his watch. Their bodies were found on August 20, dressed… Continue reading Two men found dead wearing eye masks made of lead

Canada · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man murders nine members of family, sparing a single child

August 15, 1967 Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada Victor Ernest Hoffman murders nine members of the Peterson family in a random attack Hoffman had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was released from a mental health facility — where he was given electric shock therapy and medication — a few weeks before the murders. Hoffman claimed during… Continue reading Man murders nine members of family, sparing a single child

Female Killers · Illinois

4-year-old dies after being stomped on by stepmother

August 11, 1961 Mascoutah, Illinois 4-year-old Michele LeAnn Morgan dies from injuries inflicted by her stepmother Michele had been beaten and stomped on by her stepmother, Mary Morgan, after Michele supposedly lied about something which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 5, 1996) reported was “so trivial [Michele’s brother] doesn’t remember what it was.” As Michele’s… Continue reading 4-year-old dies after being stomped on by stepmother